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First Presbyterian 

Kings Mountain. North Caroi in \ 


One-Hundreth Anniversary 

"O give tlianks unio ihe 1 ord: call 'ipon iiis name: make 
known His deeds among His people." 

— Psflm 95:1 

NINETthN HUNDRFD and IK. HI ^ -I ( )1 R 

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Josephine E. Weir 

To Mrs. Josephine E. Weir, a lriii\ reniari<abie 
woman whose many git'is to ilic church include the 
authorship of this history, we htimhly dedicate lliis 

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The following nineteen pages is a 
reproduction of the brochure for the 
Dedication Service for the present 
building on December 5, 1937. 






1884 1937 

First Presbyterian 

Kings Mountain, North Carolina 

Services of Dedication 

"I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, 
A settled place for thee to abide in forever." 

-I Kin6s8:13 


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In Memory oj 
Charles Eugene Xcisler, Senior 

Elder in this church for 37 years and Sunday School 
Superintendent for 34 \ears. As a tribute to his Christian 
character, his outstandin;; leadership, and his loyal devotion 
to the Church, this Education Building is dedicated. 
(Inscription oii Minwrial Plaque) 



Mrs. Charles Eugene Neisler, Senior 

By her donation of the lot and by her whole hearted enthusiasm andsupport, led 
the way to the building of the new church. 

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The New Church 

The new First Presbyterian Cliurch in Kiiics Muuntain. X. C. i- an example ut 
the Enixhsh Gothic st\ Ic of architecture, setting: iCrth tlie earelul u.-.e ami enldrlul 
comljination of brick, tile, wood and '_das> in can lie con^ide^ed a modern desieii. 
It ^hows in a very interestinL; m. inner hou attracti\e and coloriul a lirick church cm 

The Architect,-. Wenner and Fink, of Phi!adel|iiii.i. Pennr\lvaiua. with the asso- 
ciation of ^Ir. F;. M. Cono\"er. the director of the Interdenominational Kureati of 
.Architecture, have dcsi,i:n;d this church to fulfill the needs of the modern church 
prot;ram and of the modern communit\ . I'he dothic style was chosen as it is l\|iical 
of Christian architecture, having: its oriu'in and havinii developed in the Chri.-lian 
Church itself. 

Within the wall- ue Imd the church auditorium and sanctuary proiier lollowiiiL: 
the traditional lines of the Christian Church. The chancel and church both have the 
basic arrangement and desisn which ha; been characteristic of the church from the 
earliest days. The great chancel window portrays scenes from the Life of Christ, por- 
trayed in Medallions, and the glass is done in the manner of the best Twelfth Centur\ 

In the doors at the main entrance the Seal of the Presb\ terian Church in the 
United States is placed. The features of the seal are rich in Scriptural symbolism. The 
motto: ''Lux lucet in tenebris" meaning, "The light shineth in the darkness," gives the 
mission of the Church, that it should spread abroad that light from heaven which is 
the life of men. 


(55° «S?) 


Mr. H. L. Ramseur 
Mr. J. T. D.AViDSON 
Mr. George Cansler 

^Ir. J. B. Thomasson 
^Ir. J. H. Thomson 
I\Ir. R. H. Webb 

Mr. C. E. Neisler, Jr. 


Mr. C. p. Goforth 
Mr. J. F. Allison 
Mr. p. M. Xeisler 
Mr. H. H. Houston 
Mr. .Arthur Hay 
jNIr. C. F. Thomasson 

IVIr. Carl Davidson 
jNIr. J. a. Neisler 
INIr. C. F. Stowe 
Mr. Paul Mauney 
Mr. Hunter Xeisler 
Mr. Luther Cansler 

J. B. Thomasson E. L. Campbell 

Hunter Xeisler 


Chairman of the Building Committee 


Building Committee — Executive 
March 15, 1936 

J. B. Thomasson 

P. M. Neisler 
J. H. Thomson 

P. M. Neisler 
J. B. Thomasson 
J. H. Thomson 
Paul Mauney 

Building Committee 
March 15, 1936 

C. E. Neisler, Jr. 
R. G. Plonk 
Mrs. C. E. Neisler 
Mrs. H. N. Moss 
Miss Carlyle Ware 



Finance Committee 
May 26, 1935 

C. F. Thomasson C. E. Neisler, Jr. 

j. H. Thomson, Treasurer Mrs. O. \V. Myers 

Mrs. C. E. Neisler 

Arts and Memorials Committee 
January 23, 1937 
H. R. Xkisler Carl W. Davidson 

Dr. W . L. Ramseur Miss Jette Plonk 

^Irs. J. H. Thomson 

J. A. Xeisler 
C. F. Thomasson 
W. J. Fulkerson 
Mrs. W. T. Weir 

Fnrnisliings Committee 
January 23, 1937 

Mrs. Harry Page 
]\Iiss Barbara Summitt 
Miss Sara Ramseur 
I\Irs. Carl W. Davidson 

Findings Committee 
February 23, 1936 

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Carl \\ . D.avidson- ^ Boy Scouts 

Mrs. W. B. Thomson \ y p j^ 

Luther Cansler \ 

C. F. Thomasson Sunday School 

Miss Jette Plonk . . ]i'oman's Auxiliary 

Dedicators Committee 

Hayne Blackmer 
C. F. Thomasson 
H. E. Lynch 

Mrs. R. D. Miller 

Harold Hunnicutt 
H. E. Lynch 
Hubert Davidson 
Grady ^IcCarter 


Jack Or.mand 

C. P. Goforth 
Carl W. Davidson 
-Mrs. W. T. Weir 

Floyd Jenkins 
Grady Cansler 
James Houser 
Howard Jackson 



Ten O'clock 

Laying of Corner Stone 

HvMN — "The Church's One Foundation" 

Scripture — I. Chronicles 29:10-18 - ^'.v //"' Pastor 

Apostles' Creed -- -- - In Unison 

Laying of Corner Stone />v Executive Committee oj the Buildini^ 

Committee — Mr. J. B. Thomasson, Mr. P. M. Neisler, Mr. J. H. 

That)! son. 
Prayer Rev. W. L. Lingic, D.D., President oj Davidson College 

Address .. Rev. Fred J. Hay, Pastor 1st Presbyterian Church, Dillon, S. C. 
Hymn — "Light up the World for Jesus" 


Eleven O'clock 

Morning Worship and Church Dedication 

Organ Prelude 

Call to Worship _ Choir 

Solo — "Open the Gates of the Temple" Mr. George H . Emery 


Invocation Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine, Monroe, .V. C. 

Response Choir 

Hymn — "All Things are Thine" 

Greetings from the Mother Church — Long Creek 

Presbyterian Church . _ Rev. Coytc Hunter 

Greetings from Kings Mountain Presbytery..., Rev. J . K. Hall, D.D. 
Pastor oj Goshen Presbyterian Church, Belmont, X . C. 

Scripture — 

Old Testament — Dedication of the Temple — L Kings 

8:22-53 . ... Rev. Fred J . Hay 

New Testament — Jesus Dedicates Himself in Temple — 

Luke 4: 14-21 Rev. J. E. Berryhill, Charlotte, X. C. 

Prayer . Rev. J. E. Berryhill 

Hymn — "We Cannot Build Alone' 

Anthem ... ... Choir 

Sermon .,... Rev. W. L. Lingic, D.D., President oj Davidson College 

Prayer of Dedication and Benediction by the Pastor 

Dismissal Hymn Choir 

Organ Postlude 

Four O'clock 

Service of Music 

Organ and C'iiimks — I\Ii/siiiaiis: Aliss Virginia Parsons, Mrs. Harold 

Iliinnicutt, Mrs. Joseph I. Maust of Richmond, Va. 
Scripture and Prayer Rev. R. J . Mcllwainc 

Rev. J. E. Berrvhill 


Seven-thirty O'cloxjk 

Evening Worship and Dedicatory Service of Educational Building 
Service in the Fellowship Hall 



Hymn — "Day lb Dyinn in the West" 

Scripture .. __. _ _ Rev. R. J. Mcllwainc 

Solo . _ .. Mr. Joseph I. Maust, Richmond, Va. 

History of 1st Presbyterian Church of 

King's Mountain .... Rev. J . K. Hall, D.D. 

Hymn — "Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken" 
Dedicatory Address of the Neisler Memorial 

Education Building . Rev. Fred J. Hay 

Prayer of Dedication . . by the Pastor 

Hymn — 'T Love Thy Kingdom Lord" 


Dismissal Hymn Choir 




The Old Cltnrch 

Thf -I'tcnil Imililii!'.' of \).x l'rtsl)\ UMiuii Cluiich ol KiiiL'? Mdunlain, y 
buill l)> Mr. H. L. Ranistur, was dcdiciitcd Jul\' .^, I'lOo, by the RcNXTend J. 

■'Wlial is the ii'd iluinh':' 'Ti- a linok 

On which \\l l^ukuard sadls lixik ; 

N\>t willing' ([uiU' to -LL- it tlo-c. 

The lauL'h, the tear. l!;i- ^llilu■, tlit- shade. 

All 'tui\t the laiveis gcntl> laid.; 

Xo uneut leaver ; no |3a.L;e unsianned; 

Cln-e it and lav it in GodV hand." 

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M. Forliis 



Ox Saturday, April 5. KSS4, under the p;uidance of the Reverends 
Cook, Leeiier, J. J. Kennedy, and Elder J. I. Holland the following 
eighteen men and women presented certificates of membership from 
Presbxterian churches elsewhere and were organized into a Presbyterian 
church: W. I. Stowe, JMrs. W. I. Stowe, Thomas G. Stowe, Dr' T. J. 
Walker, Mrs. RI. E. Houser, Dr. T. T. Hay, Miss Ella Hay, Miss Rosetta 
Hay, Louis G. Hay, Mrs. Louis G. Hay, Richard T. Cansler, Mrs. Richard 
T. Cansler, Rlrs. A. P. Ashbury, Miss M.M. Ashbury, Mrs. Carrie Black, 
Mrs. ^L J. Deiinger, Miss Addie Smith, Miss Sallie E. Ashbury. Two 
elders, W. I. Stowe and Dr. T. T. Hay, and two deacons, Richard T. 
Cansler and Louis G. Hay were elected, ordained and installed. The name 
chosen for the organization was ''The Presbyterian Church of Kings 
Mountain". The first pastor. Reverend E. P. Davis, who served from 1884- 
1887, was engaged to preach one Sunday each month. 

For the first three years the young church held occasional services in 
the .\. R. P. and Methodist churches. On April 3, 1887, the congregation 
had the joy of worshippmg for the first time in their own church home, a 
frame structure located on the southwest corner of King Street and Rail- 
road Avenue, the dedicatory sermon being preached by the Reverend E. P. 

On July 10, 1887, a Sunday school was organized with Elder ^^'. L 
Stowe as superintendent and with a membership of twenty. 

During the first sixteen years of its history, the church made small 
progress due chiefly to the shortness of the service of the ministers and 
the frequenc\- (.)f the vacancies that followed. From 1884-1S88 the Kings 
Mountain Church was served for one Sabbath each month by the pastor 
of the Shelby church. The second pastor. Reverend K. E. Erwin, served 
from April to December 188S. 

From 1889-1906 it was groui^ed with Long Creek, Shiloh ((}rover), 
and Hepzibah, with the pastor to preach one Sunday each month. In 1897 
these four churches secured a manse in Kings Mountain on South Railroad 
Avenue, after which date the pastor resided in Kings Mountain. During 
this period the church was served by Reverend E. A. Sample (1889-1892), 
student W. L. Walker (three months in 1893), Reverend J. K. Hall (1893- 
1894), Reverend R. J. Mdlwaine (1896-1898), Reverend J. R. Millard 
(1899-1902), and Reverend J. RL Forbis (1903-1908). 

In 1906 the Kings Mountain church decided to ha\'e half of the 
[lastor's time. Long Creek and Bessemer City, with Kings Mountain, con- 
stituted the new group. The Reverend Mr. Fi)rl.)is was succeeded by 
Reverend S. S. Oliver (1910-1912), Reverend R. .\. Miller (1913-1914), 
Reverend C. L. Bragav,- (1914-1915), Reverend ]. !•:. Berrvhill (1916- 

The cungrei^atiiin Ioul; felt the need of a larger church with more 
adequate pro\'ision for a Sunday School. On July 3, 190o, a new building, 
which had been erected on the northwest coiner of Piedmont and Moim- 
tain Streets, wa^ dedicated by the pastor, Re\erend J. RI. Forbis. 

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During the first thirty-six years the church was blessed with mullw 
efficient men whu served as elders and deacons. Those elected as elders 
were W. I. Stowe, Dr. W". T. Hay, H. V. .\llison. J. W". Brown, C. E 
Xeisler, C. J. McCombs, H. L. Ramseur. Robert Barber, C. I. Hunter, 
J. T. Davidson, J- T. Ware, Those elected as deacons were R. T, Cansler, 
L. G. Hav, C. E," Falls, C. P. Goforth, J. T. .\llison, G. V. Patterson, J. T. 
Welch, J.' H. Thomasson. H. B. Stowe and P. M. Xeisler. 

B>" 1919 the church membership had increased from fifty-one in 1900 
to ninety-four. At this date the cliurch took a very decided forward stej) 
in callint; Re\-erend Fred J. Hay as full time pastor. Two years before this 
date the house used as the pastor's residence was sold, and the ec|uity falliiiL; 
to the Kings JNIounlain church was invested in a house and lot on the corner 
of King and Carpenter Streets, whicli servi'd as a manse until 19,>fi. 

Upon the rcsii^nation nf tlic Reverend Fred Hay in 1922, the chinili 
extended a call to the Reverenrl 1. S. ?iIcFlroy, D.D, Dr. McFlroy accepted 
the call and served the church from 1923-1931, when lie was called to his 
reward. During his pastorale the church membership increased and 
the Sunda.N' Scho(jl grew so large that the church in 192() rented an adjoin- 
ing cottage to serve as an annex. 

Having been without a [>astor from January-July the church extended 
a call to the Reverend Richard ('. Wilson, Jr., who accepted it and began 
his ministry in .August, 1931, During his pastorate the way was prepared 
for the making of definite ]ilans to construct a new building. The congre- 
gation was saddened a second time by the loss of a pastor b_\- death in 1934. 

During the past seventeen \'ears the church has found herself con- 
tinually blessed b}- the sanit type of able. God-fearing elders and deacons 
as those under whose guidance she grew prior to 1920. Since that date the 
following elders have been chosen: J. C. ^lason, C. E. Xeisler, Jr., George 
Cansler. J. H. Thomson, J. B. Thomasson, H. B. Stow-e, and R. H, Webb, 
The following deacons have been elected: E, W, Barnes, C, E. Alason, D. 
S. Rhyne, J. H. Thomson, C, F. Thomasson, C. W. Davidson, J. A. Xeis- 
ler, J. W. Ramseur. C. F. Stowe, H. H. Houston, F. G. Rogers. Arthur Hay, 
Luther Cansler, H. R. Xeisler and Paul Mauney. 

This church has been honored in sending out one of her best sons as 
a minister, B. F, Ormand, Jr., graduated from the Union Theological 
Seminary in May, 1937, and was ordained on October 10, 1937, in Lost 
City, West \"irginia. 

Having been without a pastor from October-. \pril, the church extended 
a call to the Reverend P. D. Patrick, who accepted the charge and began 
his pastorate in May, 1935, 

In 193o ^Irs, C. E. Xeisler presented the church with the beautiful 
lot on the corner of King and Gaston Streets for the erection of a new 
church. As the lot included an attractive house to be used as a home for 
the pastor, the officers disposed of the former manse. 

The congregation elected the various committees needed lor a Ijuild- 
ing program, approN'ed the plans submitted by Wenner and Fink, and 
began work on August 16, 1936, After experiencing the joy of whole 
hearted cooperation in building God's House, the congregation worshipped 
for the last time in the old church October 31, 1937, with Reverend J, ~M. 
Forbis preaching the sermon, and moved to the new location Xovember 
7, 1937. 


After a week of revival services and thanksRivinti fur the blessings 
Gild had bestowed upon her, the church, composed of a membership of 
301, dedicated the church building at the morning service, Decemljer S, 
1937, and the Xeisler Memorial Educational Kuildinij: at the evening 

Sunday School 

On July 3, 1887, three months after the congrenalion had moved into 
a building of their own, the session decided that a Sunday School should 
be organized the following Sunday. This resolution was executed July 10. 
^Ir. ^^'. I. Stowe was elected suiierintendent of the school of twenty mem- 
bers and served in that ca|)acity until January 8, 1897. Mr. C. E. Neisler, 
who was elected as his successor, served faithfull\- for thirt\-four years. 
Soon after Mr. Neisler's election, Mr. C. P. Goforth was elected secretary, 
which office he filled for eighteen years. .\t the end of that time Mr. John 
Ramseur was chosen to fill the office and Mr. Golorth became assistant 
superintenflent, in which capacity he is serving today. ~S\x. C. F. Thomasson 
became superintendent in 1932 and Mr. Luther Cansler became secre- 
tary and treasurer in 1936. 

The years have seen a steady growth of the Sunday School from 
twenty members and one teacher in 1887 to 309 members and eighteen 
teachers in 1937. By 1926 the session was forced to rent a cottage near the 
church to use as a Sunday School annex. Some time after that, two classes 
met in the Town Hall for several years. For several months before the 
completion of the new church, the Ladies' class met in the home of a 
member of the class. 

At present time there are eight departments: Xursery, Beginners, 
Primary, Juniors, Intermediates, Young People, .\dult and the Home 

It has long been the custom for all contributions made on the first 
Sunda.\' of each month to be sent to the Barium Sprinn;s Orphanage. The 
School has contributed generously to the Equipment Fund for the new 
church as well as doing her bit toward the spreading of the Kingdom 
through Home and Foreign ^Missions. 

TJic ]Vo})ian's Aiixiliuiv 

The women of this church were first organized in 1893 as "The Ladies 
Society of Kings Mountain Presbyterian Church" with Mrs. J. M. Brown 
as president. The object was the raising of funds to advance Christ's 

In 1906 when a new church was built, "The Ladies .\id Society", as 
it was then called, furnished the organ, carpet, pulpit furniture, collection 
plates, silver communion service, table and linen. 

In 1912 the society joined the Presbyterial and became "Ladies ^Mission- 
ary and Aid Society". Cause secretaries were appointed and part of funds 
were given to benevolent causes of the church. Interest was begun in the 
Presb\-terial Orphanage at Barium Springs. Each year since, an orphan has 
been clothed and offerings made at Thanksgiving. Canned goods and 
ciuilts also have been sent. 

The organization became "The Woman's .Auxiliary " in 1916. Circles 
were formed. Classes were held for Bible study and Mission study. Each 
year white cross supplies ha\'e been sent to hospitals in missionary fields. 

Since 1922 annual Hirthdav Parties have been held and nffeiings 
sent to special missionary objects. 

When the membership of the church felt a new buildinji was urgent, a 
consecrated, faithful member of the Auxiliary — Mrs. C. E. Neisler — gave 
the beautiful lot on which to erect the building. After planning and pray- 
ing for a new church, the .\uxiliary has equipped the kitchen. Individual 
members have worked tirelessl_\' on committees and helped materially with 
donations and memorial gifts. 

May we continue to go forward in Christ. 

]'oniii^ People oj the Church 

In the year 1920, when 'Sir. Fred J. Hay was pastor of our Church, 
four students from Davidson College came over and assisted in organizing 
what was then called the "Christian Endeavor", and has since been changed 
to the "Young People of the Church". Mrs. H. B. Stowe was the Leader, 
Advisor, and everything else it takes to keep Young People interested in 
worthwhile things. She was always known as a friend of the Y'oung People 
and served faithfully until she moved away several years ago. 

Mr. Carl Davidson was the first president, and there was an enroll- 
ment of about twelve members. Miss .^nnie Laura Summitt is president 
now and the enrollment is twenty-live. The Young People are going for- 
ward now under the capable leadership of iNIrs. W. B. Thomson. Educa- 
tional and instructional programs are carried out in the meetings, and we 
have been called on at times by the Pastor to have charge of Prayer ISIeet- 
ing services, which we gladly did. 

Each summer at least two delegates have attended the Summer Con- 
ference in Davidson representing the Young People. One member from 
the Young People's organization is now in the ministry, B. F. Ormand, Jr. 
Several members of the Young People's organization are serving as Sunday 
School teachers, and in any other way that we can be of service. 

With our new Church building' and equipment we hope that we will 
be able to accomplish even greater things in the Young People's work. 

Boy Scouts of America Troop Xo. 1 

The Boy Scout movement in the church is aiiout fourteen years old, 
having been organized during the [pastorate of Rev. Fred J. Hay. Each 
succeeding minister has shown much interest in the welfare of the Troop; 
therefore we feel that much of the success we have had and the standing 
this troop now has in the conmiunity can be traced to efforts of our min- 

Troop Xo. 1 is the oldest troop in the city and is sponsored by the 
Men's Bible Class. Its troop committee is Mr. Chas. V . Thomasson, Chair- 
man. :\Ir. J. H. Thomson, Rev. P. D. Patrick, Mr. O. W. Myers. Mr. G. C. 
Barber and 'Six. .Arthur Hay. This committee is representative of the entire 
church and never fails l(_) come to the rescue of the troop when their back- 
ing or presence is needed. 

For the past ten years the troop has been under the leadership of Mr. 
Carl Davidson, Scoutmaster. Mr. Jack Ormand, one of the luigle Scouts, 
has rendered valuable service to the troop as assistant Scoutmaster, and 
now Mr. Harry Page has stepped in as assistant Scoutmaster to bolster 
up the leadership of the troop: therefore we have eN'ery reason t(.) belie\'e 
the future has much in store for our boys. 


Over one hur.dred boys have received Scout training in our troop. 
Eleven of this number have reached the Eagle Rank; others are rapidly 
advancing toward this same goal. 

Our membership, at the present, i umbers twenty-six boys with four 
on the waiting list, impatient because they are not quite twelve years old. 

Of the four National awards for heroism that have been given to boys 
of the Piedmont Council, two have come to our troop. .'\lso for heroism 
three boys have the Council award. It appears, from the records, that the 
training these boys have received has been well applied and that our motto 
"Be Prepared" has been ever before the troop as a whole and may it al- 
ways be, together with the Scout oath and Scout laws, a guide to every boy 
who enters our troop to greater things in the future. 

The Church Choir 

The Choir is one of the most important departments of the (work of 
the) Church. This Church has always had a volunteer choir and organist 
with many loyal members whose faithfulness and cooperation have rendered 
a great service through the years. 

The present vested choir has determined with renewed interest and 
zeal to add more to the worship service of the Church than ever before. 



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First Presbyt 

:erian Church Roll 


tober 27, 1937 

Allison, J. F. 
Allison, Mrs. J. F. 
.Allison, Sara 

Davidson, Mrs. Hubert 
Dorsett, Charles— X.R. 
Dor.sett, Mrs. Charles- X.R. 

Abbott. Wendall 
.\rnette, John C. 
-Arnette, Elizabeth 

Dunn, Mrs. Paul R. 
Dunn, Margaret Marie 
Dunn, James F'ranklin 

Barber, George C. 
Barber, Mrs. George C. 
Barber, Rhea 

F^arwood, W. L. 
Earwood, Mrs. W. L. 
Evans, Mrs. J. F.— N.R. 

Barber. Harold 
Barber, Banks 
Barber, Mrs. Banks 
Barber, William 
Barber, Mr?. William 
Barber, Winifred 

Ellerbc, C M. 
Ellerbe. Mrs. E. B. 
Falls, Shipp 
Falls, Mrs. Shipp 
Fall?. Gilbert 
Falls, Zoe 



Barber, \irginia Arlene 
Barber, Sara G. 
Barrett, iVIrs. Theodore 
Beattv, Mrs. J. G.— X.R. 
Belk, H. Y. 
Belk.Mrs. H.Y. 
Belk, Geneva 
Belk, George 
Benson, E. V.— N.R. 
Benson.Mrs. E.V.— X.R. 
Benson, W. E.— X.R. 
Benson, Lois Wilson — X.R. 
Bentlev, Minnie Emma 

F'alls, Cicero 

Falls, Mrs. Coman 

Fields, William Earle— N.R. 

Fields, Mrs. William Earle— X.R. 

Finley, E. E.— X.R. 

F'inley, F'urman — X.R. 

Frazier, Mrs. George 

Fulkcrson, W. J. 

Fulkerson.Mrs. W.J. 

Gamble, J. X. 

Gamble, Mrs. J. X. 

Gamble, Charles J. 

Gantt,R. C 

Bernhardt, Mrs. A. T.— X.R. 
Birch, William— N.R. 
Blackmer, H. S. 
Blackmer, Mrs.H. S. 
Blanton, CD. 

Gault, C J. 

Gillespie, Booth— X.R. 
Gillespie, Mrs. Booth— X.R. 
Godfrey, Howard Rowland 
Goforth, Ormand 

Blanton, Mrs. C D. 
Blackwell, Mr?. Ernest— X.R. 
Boozer, Fred— X.R. 
Boozer, Mrs. Fred— X.R. 
Burrage, Mrs. Xettie Jenkins — 
Campbell, E. L. 
Campbell, Charles B., Jr. 
Campbell, Colleen 
Campbell, Eddie Gordon 
Cansler, George 
Cansler, Luther 
Cansler, Grady 
Cansler. .Anthony — X.R. 
Christenbury, Edward S. — X.R 
Christenbury, Mrs. Edward S.- 
Clinton, Carl Creedmore 
Colev, Mrs. William C— X.R. 
Cook, Mrs. George A.— X.R. 
Curley, Mrs. Patrick— X.R. 
Davis, Mrs. George 
Davidson, John T. 
Davidson, Mrs. John T. 
Davidson, Carl 
Davidson, Mrs. Carl 
Davidson, Hubert 

Golorth, C. P. 
Goforth.Mrs. C P. 
Golorth, Plato 
Goforth, Mrs. Hall 

X.R. Goforth, Mrs. R. D. 
Golorth, Frances 
Goforth, Eugene 
Goforth, H. A. 
Goforth, Mrs. H. A. 
Hardin, Mrs. CD. 
Harrill, Mrs. E. A. 
Harrill, Thornton 
Harrill, Saralee 
Hav,. Arthur 

-X.R. Hav, Mrs. Arthur 
Ha>-, Helen 
Hendricks, Leon H. 
Hood, Mrs. J. S. 
Hope, Ruth 
Hord,Kiser— X.R. 
Houser.Mrs. D. H. 
Houser, Curtis 
Houser, Mrs. Curtis 
Houser, James 
Houser, Mrs. James 



Houscr, Lloyd— N.R. 
Houston, Mr5.H. H. 
Houston, Humes 
Houston, Hopkins 
Houston, Johnnie 
Howard, Mrs. A. A.— N.R. 
Hullcnder, Mrs. J. A. 
Hunnicutt, Harold 
Hunnicutt. Mrs. Harold 
Jackson, Howard 
Jackson, Howard B. 
Jackson, Mrs. Howard B. 
Jackson, T. W. 
Jackson, Mrs. T.W. 
Jenkins, Mrs. Alice B. 
Jenkins, Floyd 
Jenkins, Mrs. Flo> d 
Jenkins, Miss Mu.sottc 
Jenkins, Catherine Jcanettc 
Jenkins, E. L. 
Jenkins, Mrs. E. L. 
Jones. Henry 
Jones, Mrs. Henry 
Jones, Vestal — N.R. 

La Gronc.T. E.— N.R. 

La Cirone, Mrs. T. E.— N.R. 

Lail, Mrs. Martha 

Layton, Mrs. James 

Libr.ind, Mr. Amie 

Li^on, Mar\- Frances 

LiRon, Susie Clyde 

Lindsay, Mrs. Cl\de 

Lockman, R. D. 


Loftin, Mrs. W. E. 

Lowrv, Mrs. S. A. 

Lvnch.H. E. 

Lvnch,Mrs. H.E. 

McGuinn,Mrs. A.L.— N.R. 

McCartcr. Grady 

McCarter, Mrs. Grady 

McCurkle, Homaselle — N.R. 

Martin, Fred— N.R. 

Martin, Mrs. Fred — N.R. 

Martin, Thomas J. 

ALirtin, Thelma Etta 

Mauney, Paul 

Mauney, Mrs. Paul 

Mauney, Alice Betty 

Medlin, Mary Roberts 

Metcalf, Mrs. J. E. 

Metcalf, Aurella 

Metcalf, Alvoid 

Metcalf, Parthenia 

Miller, R. D. 

Miller,Mrs. R. D. 

Miller, George— N.R. 

Mimms, Mrs. Florence 

Moore, A. L. — N.R. 

Moore, Mrs. A. L. — N.R. 

Moss, Mrs. H. N. 

Moss, Nicholas 

Moss, Mildred 

Moss, George 

Moss, Mrs. George 

Moss, Mrs. Lottie 
Moss, Ned 
Moss, Faye 
Moss, Charles H. 
Moss, Mrs. Charles H. 
Moss, Marie 
Moss, Charles H., Jr. 
Moss, Broadus 
Moss, Mrs. Broadus 
Morris, Mrs. Ethel 
Murray, E. S.— N.R. 
Mvers, O. VV. 
Myers, Mrs. O. W. 
Myers, Earl 
Neisler, Mrs. C. E. 
Neisler, Pauline 
Neisler, C. E., Jr. 
Neisler, Charles Eugene HI 
Neisler, P.M. 
Neisler, Mrs. P. M. 
Neisler, Paul M., Jr. 
Neisler, Henry Parks 
Neisler, Charles .Andrew 
Neisler, Joseph A. 
Neisler, Mrs. Joseph A. 
Neisler, Betty Lee 
Neisler, Hunter R. 
Neisler, Mrs. Hunter R. 
Nickels, Mrs. J. C. 
Nickels. James Calvin 
Nickels, Nancy 
Norris, Miss .'Xgnes 
O'FarrelkO. C; 
O'Farrell, James 
O'Farrell, Catherine 
Gates, \V. C. 
Ormand, B. M. 
Ormand, Sara Kate 
Ormand, Walter 
Ormand, Mrs. Walter 
Ormand, Irene 
C)rmand, .^nnie Laurie 
Ormand, B. F. 
Ormanfl, Mrs. B. F. 
Ormand. Jack 
Osborne, Mrs. George 
Osborne, Norma 
Osborne. William F. 
Osborne, Mrs. William ¥. 
Osment, Mrs. J. E. 
Page, Harry E. 
Page, Mrs. Harry E. 
Parrish, Mrs. Lee 
Parrish, Albert 
Parrish, W.W. 
Parrish, Mrs. W.W. 
Parrish, Lawrence 
Parrish, Gaynell 
Parrish, Helen 
Parsons, L. C. 
Parsons, Mrs. L. C. 
Parsons, Virginia 
Parsons, Jack 
Patrick, Mrs. P. D. 
Patrick, Paul 

Patrick, Lawrence 
Patrick, Betty 
Patterson, Beverly 
Patterson, Mrs. Beverly 
Plunk, Miss Jctte 
Plonk, R.G. 
Plonk, Mrs. R.G. 
Plonk, R.G, Jr. 
Plonk, Lenora 
Plonk, Harold 
Plonk, Elizabeth 
Porter, Julian — N.R. 
Porter, M. B.- N.R. 
Ramscur, H. L. 
Ramseur, Bessie 
Ramscur, Sara 
Ramseur, Dr. William Lee 
Ramscur, Mrs. Fleming 
Randall, Mrs. .Alec 
Randall, Talmadge 
Rawles, Mrs. Vera 
Rawles, Jacqueline 
Rawles, Wood, Jr. 
Rhea, Mrs. G. .\. 
Rhea, Wilma Lee 
Roberts, F. C. 
Roberts, Thomas 
Roberts, Miss Annie 
Robinson, Howard — N.R. 
Roystcr, A. M. 
Ruddock, Sue 
Ruddock, William 0. 
Sherer, T. G.— N.R. 
Sherer, Ned — N.R. 
Sherer, Jack 
Short, George Webb 
Smith, E. A. Jr. 
Smith, Mrs. E. A., Jr. 
Smith, Edward Henry 
Smith, Miss Margaret 
Smith, Harry Neil 
Smith, Gladys 
Springs, Mrs. Joe — N.R. 
Stowe, Charles F. 
Stowq, Logan P. 
Stowe, Mrs. Logan P. 
Starnes, Ella Lee 

Suber, Mrs. S. R. 
Summitt, H. L. 
Summitt, Mrs. H. L. 
Summitt, Barbara 
Summitt, .Annie Laura 
Summitt, Sara Henry 
Thomas, Ralph P. 
Thomas, Mrs. Ralph P. 
Thomas, Betty Mae 
Thomasson, J. B. 
Thomasson, Charles F. 
Thomasson, Mrs. Charles F. 
Thomasson, Charles F., Jr. 
Thomasson, George Butler 
Thomson, J. H. 
Thomson, Mrs. J. H. 
Thomson, William B. 
Thomson, Mrs. William B. 
Ware, Miss Carlyle 
Ware, Boyce 
Ware, Mrs. Boyce 
Ware, Helen Margaret 
Ware, Clvde— N.R. 
Ware, Hill— N.R. 
Ware.Mrs. Hill— N.R. 
Ware, Hugh— N.R. 
Webb, R. H. 
Webb, Mrs. R. H. 
Weir, Mrs. W. T. 
Weir, Mrs. S. S., Jr. 
Whitesides, Miss Marie 
Whitesides, Major — N.R. 
Weaver, Mrs. Vestus — N.R. 
Williams, Martha Louise — N.R. 
Williams, .Annie Mae — N.R. 
Wilson, Seth 
Wilson, Mrs. Seth 
Wilson, Sara Fav 
Wilson, H.D. 
Wilson.Mrs. H. D. 
Wilson, Marjorie 
Wilson, Jane 
Wilson, Hanscomb 
Wilson, Emelvn 
Wimbish, Elizabeth— N.R. 
Womack, George 1. 

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Inscription on Memorial Tablet 


Memorial In Memory of 

Given by 

ThR-c Chancel Windows Charles Eugene Xeisler, Sr. 

Mrs. C. E. Xeisler 

Rtv. Isaac Stuart McElro\ , D.D. 

Rev. Richard C. Wilson 

Two Side Windows M_\rtle Balder Xeisler 

C. E. Xeisler, Jr. 

Two Side Windows Hugh Xeisler 

The Xeisler F'amily 

Two Side Windows Hush Parks Allison 

The Grandchildren 


Kate Dixon Allison 

On,' Side Window Roljert Barlier 

Sons and Daughters 

One Side Window Wallace Thoni[)son Jackson 

The F'amiK' 


One Side Window Susan Ormand Ramseur 

FL E. Ramseur 

John White Ramseur 


r« o Side Windows OliM-r (ireen Falls, Sr. 

Mrs. Katie Falls Frazier 

01i\er Cireen Falls, Jr. 

One Sirle Window -M i'- Helen Ha\' 

.\rlhur Ha\- 

One Side Window Janii-- William Hroun 

Mr-. H.i\ ne Blackmer 


Margaret HIair IJrow n 

One Siiie Wiiidow Martha l-ahelle Ware 

Mi,-jCarl\le Ware and 

Miss Jctte Plonk 

One Window Airs. .\n/ie Fadoni.i Jenkins 

The Children 

One Window Leonard Lawrence I\irri-h 

'Tlu' Parri^h Famil\' 

One Windo\\' 

Sunbeams Society 

Baptismal Fount Joan Nei-ler 

Mr. aiifi Mrs. J. A. Xeisler 

Pulpit and Chancel Charles FAigcne Xeisler, Sr. 

Employees and 


Business Associates 

Special Gifts 

Chancel Cross Mr^. Harr\ E. I 


Hammond Organ Mr. and Mrs. H 

R. Xeisler 

Chimes Mr and Mrs. P. 

.NT Xeisler 

Corner Stone iVIrs. .Artie Sube 





First Presbyterian 


Faces From the Past 

"Let your liglii so shine before men, thai they may see your good 
works, and glority your Father uhicli is in hea\en." 

Matthew 5:16 




Helen Hay 

Mrs. Hay was one ol I lie true pioneers ol ihe 
eliureli during its very first years. Slie joined wlien it 
was weak and struggling and lived to see it grow 
strong and vigorous. Both lier son, Arthur, and 
granddaughter. Helen, were litelong nieinhers eit the 





Hugh Parks Allison 

Despite the tact that he was paralyzed from the 
waist down and could only get about on crutches, 
Mr. AlHson served as Elder and Clerk of the Session 
for many years around the turn of this century. This 
most active member rarely missed a church 
function or service. 

Harvey Lee Ramseur 

Mr. Ramseur was not only an Elder in the church 
for most of his adult life, he used his splendid talents 
to design and build the old church sanctuary which 
stood on the corner of Mountain Street and 
Piedmont Avenue (the year was 1906). 

John C. Mason, Sr. 

A man of great loyally and de\otion, Mr. Mason 
became an Elder in the church during the early 
nineteen-twenties and was among those who helped 
lead our congregation through one of its most 
prosperous periods. 


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Charles F. Thomasson 

Throughout the life of our church we have been 
blessed with many strong and faithful members like 
Charles Thomasson. Mr. Thomasson not only 
served the church for many years as a Deacon, he 
was Sunday School Superintendent from 1931 to 

Kathryn M. Neisler 

Mrs. Neisler has spent her entire life as a member 
of the church. She grew up in it as a young girl and 
later served as Choir Director for over thirty years 
until her retirement in 1948. 



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Rev. J.K. Hall Gives Reflection of 
Kings Mountain Church 

(The following article appeared in The Shelby Daily Star on January 26, 

The Kings Mountain Presbyterian Church was organized by a commission of 
Mecklenburg on April 5, 1884. Grover Cleveland had just been elected President of 
the United States for the first time. Victoria was still Queen of England. The textile 
industry in the Piedmont Carolinas was still in its infancy. A few visionaries were 
dreaming of the horseless carriage. Roads were of the red variety and in winter were 
knee-deep in mud. Travel was slow and difficult. The Civil War was only 19 years 
in the past and the country had yet to recover from the utter financial prostration 
caused by the frightful civil strife. The organizers of the Kings Mountain 
Presbyterian Church had not escaped. They, like all others, were poor but full of 
faith and courage. Their faith and courage is seen in that 18 men and women 
undertook to organize and support a church in those trying times. Such faith and 
courage should never be forgotten. 


The names of these courageous men and women are as follows: W.I. Stowe, Mrs. 
W.I. Stowe, Thomas Stowe, Dr. T.J. Walker, Mrs. M.E. Houser, Dr. T.T. Hay, 
Miss Ella Hay, Miss Rosetta Hay, Louis Hay, Mrs. Louis Hay, Richard T. Cansler, 
Mrs. Richard T. Cansler, Mrs. A. P. Asbury, Miss M.M. Asbury, Mrs. Carrie Black, 
Mrs. M.J. Dellinger, Miss Addie Smith, Miss E. Asbury. 

Nineteen Elders and 25 Deacons have served the church. Time limits forbid even 
the inclusion of all their names. They have always been, and still are a fine body of 
men, faithfully performing the important duties devolving upon them. I shall say 
nothing of the living; their lives and deep speak for themselves. However, 1 wish to 
say a word about two who have gone home. 1 wish to speak of Mr. H.P. Allison for 
his pluck and faithfulness of his church. Paralyzed from his waist down, he sought 
no pity nor asked any favor. He refu.sed to let his handicap keep him for doing a full 
man's work in the world. He was Clerk of the Session and regular in his attendance 
upon all services of the sanctuary. After 43 years I can still see him as he entered 
the old frame church made possible by the marvelous skill he had acquired in use of 
crutches. You have already guessed the second name. If I were to ask you what one 
individual, preacher, officer, or private member has done the most for the 
advancement of the church, all would say Mr. Charles E. Neisler. Mr. Neisler was 
essence of simplicity and modesty. I remember very well the speech he made at the 
dedication of the Lutheran Sunday School Building: "This should not be your goal 
but the starting point of greater things for Christ." He put his heart, his money, his 
prayers, and his splendid talents in building up this church. 

And what shall I say of the great body of private members? They get little credit 
yet among them are unsung heroes. A general can not gain victories without 
soldiers in the ranks. A church can not ao far without a bodv of faithful members. 


First Presbyterian 

Kings Mountain, North Carolina 

Our Next Fifty Years 

"And the hand of the Lord was with th'^m: and a great number 
believed and turned unto the Lord." 

Acts 11:21 


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Reverend Paul D. Patrick 

Minister of the First Presbyterian Church of 
Kings Mountain from nineteen thirty-seven to 
nineteen fifty-eight. 

The Patrick Ministry 

Once in the new building, the congregation, under the dedicated leadership of the 
Reverend P.D. Patrick, began an era of expansion. 

They joined with other denominations in observing days of special services, 
intensive Bible Study under leaders such as Miss Janet Robinson; World Day of 
Prayer; supplied leadership in the united effort to add Bible to the school 
curriculum (a service continued through 1977 and resumed in 1982), in holding 
Temperance meetings and later in successfully opposing for several years the sale of 
beer and wine in the town. 

For a time, the Session granted the use of the old church building to the Boy 
Scouts, Troop No. 1, under Scoutmaster Carl Davidson, who had received the 
Beaver Award from the Council of Boy Scouts. The property was then rented for 
commercial use and the income placed in a fund for a Scout building. In 1947, the 
lot and building were sold to Kings Mountain Furniture Company for $12,150.00 
and the money placed in a Building Fund. 

Presbytery met in the church April 12-15, 1938, and enjoyed the hospitality of 
the Woman's Auxiliary. 

The young people were active in the church in many ways. After a supervisor of 
Religious Education for Kings Mountain Presbytery graded the Sunday School and 
added a number of teachers. Miss Marion Murphy (now Mrs. Luther Cansler) for a 
year assisted with the Sunday School and the two weeks of Daily Vacation Bible 
School for a salary of $75.00 a month. 

In 1938, the Fellowship Department made palm crosses to pin on the 
worshippers on Palm Simday, a joyous service that has continued to the present. 
Over the years the members have made crosses for Dixon Church, Trinity 
Episcopal Church and the local hospital. 

The following year the group, aided by two of the Elders, presented the church 
with a mimeograph machine, making possible the publishing of the weekly church 
Bulletin, w hich the Session recommended be used only as a church calendar. 

The Session appointed an Executive Committee on Religious Education: the 
church sent two youths to the Presbyterian Conference each year and three to the 
Leadership Conference at Red Springs. 

The organization of Girl Scouts in 1948 under the sponsorship of the Woman's 
Bible Class provided needed activity for girls. 

The payment of $1 ,750.00 toward purchasing a campsite at Bear Wallow for the 
youth of the Presbytery resulted in a large number of local young people, 
chaperoned by dedicated adult ineinbers, benefitting from the training and pleasure 

Benevolent gifts doubled the amount given in 1938. 

From 1940^9, the following ministerial students helped with church activities 
during the three summer months: Ned Iverson, Charles Bixler, Betty Patrick, Jack 
Bogie, Albert Wells and Wade Anderson. 

Carl Davidson 

Few members have been as active and dedicated 
to the church as Car! Davidson was. The list of his 
services is long and varied: he served many years as 
a Deacon, was the first president of our Young 
People, and was tireless in his efforts as Scoutmaster 
of Boy Scout Troop No. I , the first troop organized 
in Kings Mountain. The church was deeply 
saddened bv his traaic death in 1945. 

After Dr. Patrick had stir\eye(J the Dixon School Communit\ to determine the 
interest in a weekly community ser\ice. the church began holding Sunday 
at'ternoon ser\ ices at the school. 

On April 13, 1941, at Dixon School u ith Dr. Patrick and Elders C.E. Neisler. .Ir. 
and .I.H. Thomson officiating, the first con\ crt was recei\ ed into ftill communion in 
the First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain. .Additional people joined; the 
grotip started a building fund to which the sponsoring church contributed. In 
December, 1943, 'hey purchased an acre of land near the Dixon School on uhicli to 
erect a church. In 1951, they purchased additional footage. 

On .lanuary 6, 1944, the Kings Mountain Church dismissed twenty-seven 
members to organize an outpost: Dixon Presbyterian Church. On December 4, 
1949, the church was dedicated: on .lune 24, 1950, the congregation held the first 

At inters als Dr. Patrick conducted services at the Margrace Mill CItibhouse. As 
interest increased, in 1945, the Session asked Miss Sara Little, Representative of 
Synod's Extension work, to sur\ey the Margrace and the Park \arn Mill \ illages 
to determine the interest in establishing a Stmday School. In 1945, fifty people 
attended the first service of a Sunday School conducted with teachers and 
musicians from the First Church of Kings Mountain. W hen the Stmday School 
closed a few years later, the church liired a cit\ bus to transport people to ser\ ices in 
the town. 

In November, 1941, the Session appointed O.C. O'Farrell, P.O. Padgett and 
Hayne Blackmer as a Soldiers' Service Committee to aid the young men in the 
congregation called to serve in World War II. 

Three members: Grady Cansler, James G. Darracott, Jr., and James C. Nickels 
III gave their lives for their country. 

Ensign James C. Nickels III, a Na\al .Air Force fighter pilot, while stationed at 
Quanseet Point, Rhode Island, was killed in a mid-air collision over Marion, 
Massachusetts, on May 13, 1946, his birthday. Each year since the tragedy, his 
friend and fellow pilot. Ensign Grady E. Jensen of Scarsdale, New York, has 
recognized the anniversary of James's death by placing memorial flowers in this 
church on the Sunday nearest May 13. 

Cicero Falls was taken prisoner by the Germans in North Africa on February 14, 
1943, and held until the Russians liberated the captives in 1944. He then tbund his 
way to the camp for returning prisoners of war located near Marseilles, France. 

In 1943, the Session voted to place in the care of the Clerk of the Session the 
Student Loan Fund. Later it was given to the Pastor to dispense, his decision being 
subject to the approval of the donor. 

On January 12, 1947, a fire in the second fioor of the church did much damage. 
The same day the .Session appointed a committee to direct the repairing of the 
church: Deacon Paul Mauney, Chairman; Elders J.H. Thomson and W .L. 
Ramseur; Deacon H.R. Neisler; Mrs. Ida Neisler and Mrs. Marie Myers, Woman's 
Auxiliary; E.A. Harrill, congregation. 

On January 19, the congregation worshipped in the Woman's Club, thereafter in 
the Central School for Sunday School and church, and the Young People met in 


Joe Thomson 

"Mr. Joe" (as he was affectionately called) served 
as Elder and Clerk of The Session for an amazing 
span of forty 4 wo years. In addition, he devoted a 
good deal of his time to the Barium Springs Or- 
phanage, where he served as a member of the Board 
of Regents for many years. 


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private homes until April, when repairs were completed. A debt of $2,694.14, not 
covered by insurance, was due to buying a more expensi\e carpet than the original 

The congregation adopted the rotary system for Deacons. 

In August, 1948, James Moss requested the Session to present his name before 
Presbytery as a candidate for the ministry. 

After many years of inspiring, dedicated service, Mrs. P.M. Neisler tendered her 
resignation as choir director. 

In October, the Session applied for the admission of Phillip and Charles Greene 
to Barium Springs Orphanage, which in 1946, had elected J.H. Thomson to the 
Board of Regents. 

During the years, outstanding religious leaders, as Dr. Darby Fulton, Dr. 
Pressley Morgan and the Reverend J.M. AUerdyce held special services annually. 

The various causes of the church and the religious projects ot the community 
received support. 

In 1949, Dr. Patrick was elected Moderator of the One Hundred and Thirty- 
Sixth Stated Session of the Synod of North Carolina. 

On November 6, 1962, he was the first recipieni of the Distinguished Alumnus 
Award given by Columbia Theological Seminary; nnd on May 31, 1964, Davidson 
College, his Alma Mater, which for thirty-three years he had served as Trustee, 
conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity. 

On June 12, 1949, the congregation voted to build a new manse and a Scout- 
Recreation Building with separate committees; Manse - C.E. Neisler, Jr., church 
treasurer P.M. Neisler, Paul Mauney and Mrs. Charlene Padgett; Scout-Recreation 
Building - P.M. Neisler, H.E. Page, E.A. Harrill, J.B. Thomasson, W'.L. Ramseur, 
W.B. Thomson, M.B. Moss and Mrs. Nell Thomson. 

On January 15, 1950, the congregation approved the plans and miniature models 
of both buildings, as well as the estimated cost of $25,000.00 for the manse and 
$20,000.00 for the Scout-Recreation Building, and appointed the Board of Deacons 
as Finance Committee to raise the balance of the funds needed. 

In 1952, friends donated a piano to the Recreation Building, which has been used 
by many groups: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Young People for regular meetings 
and for social gatherings, including folk dancing, by \'arious adult groups for study 
and play. 

The Scouting program continued. A Cub Scout Troop was formed; Harold 
Richard Hunnicutt, Jr. received the God and Country Award in 1952; Noel 
Webster received it in 1958; Larry Patrick in 1964. 

The Fellowship Hall has been used by many civic clubs, by Men of the 
Presbytery in 1953 and, in 1951, was designated a possible shelter for civilians in 
case of an emergency. 

In 1952, the Catawba Nursery landscaped the church property and installed a 
new drainage system. 

The same year the Religious Education Committee introduced the rotar\ plan 
for Sunday School officers and teachers. 

The congregation assumed one-third of the salaries of the Reverend and Mrs. 










































































Tommy Brown, missionaries to Korea, and in 1954 increased the amount to one- 

In 1952, the Session appointed R.H. Webb a representative to the County 
Commission for Mission Workers and elected Miss Cornelia Dick to succeed Miss 
Lillian Barber, who had ser\ed in 1950-51 as Religious Education Director. 

Beginning March 29, 1953, the morning service was broadcast at regular 
intervals over WKMT Radio's Service to the Community Plan. From 1962-1981, 
when the service ended, the church assumed the full cost of the broadcasts. 

From 1951-52, the church contributed the quota of $3,000.00 to the 
Presbyterian Negro Work Campaign and two years later spent $100.00 from the 
county fund for Negro churches. 

In July, 1953, the Session increased the salary of organist Franklin Pethel in 
order to have him assume some of the duties of the Director of Religious 

Since his resignation in 1954, the following have served in the combined 
capacity: Thomas Eanes, 1955; Carolyn Robinson, 1956; Mrs. Julia Lee Ribett 
Rogers, 1957-58; Shirley Falls, 1958 - . The last selection is still bringing melody 
and joy to the entire congregation as Shirley Falls Austin. 

The officers helped make arrangements for four Waters children of the 
congregation to enter Barium Springs Orphanage. 

In 1954, the Reverend James Moss was approved both by the local Session and 
the Board of World Missions for service in foreign fields. He and Mrs. Moss were 
stationed in Ceres, Coca, Brazil, where he was Pastor of the Wiuana Evangelistic 

He preached the Gospel and taught health until, in 1963, they returned to the 
United States to ser\'e pastorates in the Carolinas. 

In August, 1955, Mrs. S.A. Lowry entered the Presbyterian Home for the Aged 
at High Point, where she spent happy years. 

The two adult Bible Classes welcomed Dr. Lawrence Bottoms, a dedicated Negro 
preacher, as a guest speaker on the second Sunday in .April. 

Dr. Patrick at times exchanged pulpits with other ministers and held evangelistic 
services in other churches. As chairman of Synod's Executive Committee, he was 
influential in establishing three new churches and in inspiring fourteen others to 
erect new buildings, manses or Educational Buildings. 

In 1956, the church cooperated in making a religious census of the town, 
approved the Consolidated Presbyterian College Campaign, made needed repairs in 
the kitchen and painted the room prior to the meeting of Presbytery in the church 
in November. 

The Session voted to discontinue Sunday night services. 

Grieved and shocked by the death of Ranny Arnette on May 19, 1956, in Korea, 
in a collision between the jeep he was driving and one driven by another soldier, the 
officers approved the request of the Young People to establish a Scholarship Fund 
in his memory and appointed a committee chaired by C.A. Neisler to administer it. 

This was combined with a second Scholarship Fund established in 1960 in 
memory of James Frank Cranford, Jr., aged 17, killed June 1, in a car wreck on the 

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night of the High School Commencement. 

Seven young people borrowed money from the Ranny Arnette-Jimmy 
Cranford Scholarship Fund for college expenses, two of whom later earned 
doctorate degrees. In 1979, the Session changed the Scholarship to a Grant to be 
given annually to one or more young people. 

In 1957, the Session, by agreeing to pay personally any deficit, made possible the 
placing of the Presbyterian Survey in every home. In November, 1974, the vote 
was rescinded in favor of sending the publication to church officers only. 

Beginning March 1, 1958, the congregation contributed over a period of three 
years, $1,000.00 to rebuilding the church at Chapel Hill, destroyed by fire. 

On June 18, 1958, Dr. Patrick, after twenty-three years of service, resigned to 
begin work with Columbia Theological Seminary on September 1 and requested a 
congregational meeting June 29 to take action on his decision. 

Dr. Paul K. Ausley 

Minister of the First Presbyterian Church of 
Kings Mountain from nineteen fifty-eight to 
nineteen seventy-four. 

The Ausley Ministry 

Elected July 6, 1958, as a Pastor Nominating Committee were P.O. Padgett, 
Mrs. W.T. (Josephine) Weir, Mrs. W.A. (Christine) Ramseur, H.R. Neisler and 
C.A. Neisler. 

The Session appointed both Elder P.O. Padgett moderator pro tern and a 
committee to plan Prayer Meeting Services. They designated a Pulpit Supply 
Committee and secured a worker to help with the Pioneers and with publishing the 

On September 28, the congregation voted unanimously to call Dr. Paul K. 
Ausley to serve this church and set November 30, 1958, as the date for his 

Dr. Ausley conducted the first Christmas candlelight communion service at 
1 1:00 p.m. December 24. Originally planned especially for the young people, this 
service has become a worship experience for the entire church. 

The congregation air-conditioned the entire building in 1959. 

To reach the church goal of $10,000.00 for benevolences, the members adopted a 
thirteen weeks tithing program. 

Alcoholics Anonymous received permission to use the Fellowship Hall for the 
weekly Friday night meetings. 

The Session and Diaconate approved the sending of quarterly statements by the 
church treasurer, assisted by the church secretary, to every member who had made 
a pledge. 

During the period of tension caused by the civil rights movement, the Session, in 
1960, instructed the ushers to refuse admission to any NA.ACP delegation that 
appeared at our Sunday service with the intent of disrupting our worship. In 1964, 
the Elders instructed the ushers to seat in the front pews of the church any such 
delegations. No such group sought entrance. 

The District Stewardship Rally met in the church September 27, 1960. 

Since 1958 the church has participated in the support of St. .Andrews 
Presbyterian College, Union Theological Seminary, Queens, Davidson and other 
causes endorsed by Presbytery; in the local Ministerial Association's assistance to 
the needy program; in the "K 73" crusade and in supplying partial support to six 
missionary couples. 

Mrs. Cal Fisher directed the work of the Young People in 1962-1965; ministerial 
student Chalmers Hope served during the summer of 1965; V\'illiam .Alexander, 
Bible teacher in the public schools succeeded him; Paul Rollins accepted the work 
for the summer of 1969. 

The church instituted the giving of a Holy Bible to each member of the Sunday 
School upon his graduation from high school. 

Serving Kings Mountain Presbytery by supplying leadership in several different 
categories aave the church satisfaction. 



Batie Meek Ormand and Dr. Ausley 

Batie Meek Ormand's 101st Birthdav 


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Elder Luther Cansler served as Central Treasurer 1963-1965, during which year 
the Presbytery office was located in this building, and Mrs. J.D. (Arlene) Barrett 
keptHhe records. The desk provided them by Presbytery is in use today in the office 
of the Sunday School Superintendent. 

From 1964-1970 Mrs. Paul (Lillian) Mauney served as Trustee of the 
Presbyterian Home for the Aged in High Point. 

After serving a term as Synodical Historian, Mrs. CD. (Libby) Blanton, Jr. 
became president of the Women of the Presbytery in 1966. 

Eider P.O. Padgett moderated the 165th Stated meeting of Presbytery in 1964, 
and in 1965 Dr. Paul K. Ausley moderated the 170th Stated meeting. 

Dr. Ausley served as president of the Kings Mountain Ministerial Association in 
1960, of Cleveland County Committee on Human Relations in 1965, 
represented Presbytery at the General Assembly in 1966, served on the General 
Assembly in 1966, served on the Board of Advisors of the trustees of St. Andrews 
College in 1967 and became chairman of the Commission on the Minister and His 
Work in the Presbytery. 

Jon Stoterau, a marine fighting in Vietnam, was wounded in both arms, but 
recovered after a leave at home and was assigned to the post in Hawaii to complete 
his term of enlistment. 

The death of Azariah Mitchem, the loyal custodian who had received a pin and 
many bars for perfect Sunday School attendance at this church, saddened the 
members in 1965. 

The Women of the Church sent in succession to the International Church 
Conference for Black Women held in Winston-Salem three members of Good Hope 
Presbyterian Church, making it possible for each to receive a certificate of training. 
In 1967 they contributed $20.00 to pay the registration fee for a woman from 
another locality as no local person wished to attend the conference. 

In the 70's the ladies established at Compact School a clothes closet with 
emphasis on children's wear. 

After serving fourteen years as Boy Scout Troop leader, H.R. McKelvie resigned 
in 1972, bringing to an end that activity in the church. 

The Girl Scout troops continued in the Brownie, Junior and Cadette divisions. In 
1960 Mrs. H.E. (Grace) Page and Mrs. J.F. (Nell) Cranford received pins for ten 
years of continued services as Brownie Scout Leaders. 

A joyous event on March 18, 1969, was the celebration of the hundredth 
birthday of Elder Emeritus Batie Meek Ormand, who held a remarkable record of 
twenty-three years of perfect attendance at Sunday School, twenty-three years of 
service as Elder, twenty-seven years of perfect attendance at Kiwanis Club - all 
attained after his retirement. Dignitaries from the Southern Railway, United States 
and North Carolina Senators and Congressmen of the Democratic Party and 
representatives from the Masonic Lodge joined the family and the congregation at 
the covered dish luncheon following the service. 

The congregation gave the church four handsome engraved brass collection 
plates in his honor. 

At the first meeting of the Presbytery of Concord, January 1 1, 1972, Elder H.L. 

Campbell represented the church. The Session, on January 14, 1973, recommended 
Edith Hambrighl to the care and supervision of the committee on Candidates for 
the Ministry. 

After studying at Boston and Harvard Universities she interned as counsellor in a 
hospital near Boston. Currently she is a therapist at United Health Center, State of 

On November 4, 1973, after serving as Clerk of the Session for 42'/: years. Elder 
J.H. Thomson, for reasons of health, asked the Session to replace him. 

Elder R.H. Webb, his successor, continued in office until the church adopted the 
rotary system for Elders in 1974. 

At a congregational meeting on December 30, 1973, Dr. Ausley tendered his 
resignation, effective June 30, 1974, because of health problems. 

Two weeks later the congregation elected the following Pastor Notninating 
Committee: Paul Mauney, chairman; H.P. Neisler, vice-chairman; Mrs. H.H. 
(Diane) Harper, Jr., secretary; W.R. Grissom, Mrs. C.A. (Mary) Neisler and 
Douglas J. Sincox. 

The Session, on June 9, elected Elder P.G. Padgett moderator pro tern and 
appointed a Pulpit Supply Committee which secured the service of Reverend Stuart 
Ritchie as Interim Pastor for three months. 

On June 2, 1974 the congregation voted unanimously to call the Reverend Gary 
L. Bryant as Pastor of the church, effective September, 1974. 

Church Secretaries 

Tlie Cluircli has been fortunate in liaving had two dedicated and taithful 
secretaries from 1958-1984. 

Mrs. Lavvson Brown served from September .1, 1958 until June 10, 1959. 

During the interim time we were without a friUtime secretary, two youna Church 
iiicmbcrs tilled this office. Miss Derise Weir, daughter of Mary and Sam Weir, and 
Polly Page, daughter of Clrace and Harry Page. 

On September 8, 1959, .Arlene S. Barrett was employed and has served in an eftl- 
cienl manner tlirough all of these years. Not only does she do themyriads ol paper 
work of the Church, but also does the financial records. 

Arlene S. Barrett 

Churcli Secretary from 1959 until present. 

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Rev. Gary L. Bryant 

Minister of the First Presbyterian Church of 
Kings Mountain from nineteen seventy-four to 
nineteen eighty-two. 


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The Bryant Ministry 

Gary, as he was affectionately known to everyone, preached his first sermon on 
September 15, 1974, and was installed November 3. On that date his daughter. 
Elizabeth Ladd, was baptized b\ his father, the Reverend A.H. Bryant. 

To implement the rotation system in the Session, the Elders drew lots to 
determine which tour would compose the classes of 1974, "75 and "76 rcspccti\ ely. 

The Women of the church provided two volunteers each Simday lo aid the 
Nursery adviser. Mrs. B.W . (Clara) Rhea, who has served continuously from 1973, 
except March-December, 1979. w hen Mrs. Lynn Hayes assumed the respoiisibiliiv . 

The addition of the atlracti\c Tommv Clrissom Memorial Crib Nurserv in 1980 
provided a greatly needed facility. 

On October 20, 1974, the congregation elected Mrs. G.R. (.lean) Barber the llrst 
woman Elder; the following Sunday the congregation elected Mrs. B.F. (.leanne) 
Maner as the first woman Deacon. In .lanuary, 1981 , the Session chose Mrs. Barber 
the tTrst Woman Clerk of the Session. 

In 1975 the church published a pictorial church directory in black and white; in 
1979 a second such publication was issued in color. 

Each Sessional Committee was enlarged by the addition of representatives from 
the Women of the Church and Youth, a plan continued until 1979, when each 
committee consisted of two Elders and two Deacons. In 1980 the Session reduced 
the number of standing committees to three: Property and Grounds, Stewardship, 
and Christian Education, these to include half of the active officers. LIsing ihe other 
officers, the Session appointed Task Forces. 

The kitchen committee, since 1966, has sponsored and served many types of 
meals at social gatherings; the Men of the Church ha\ e served Thanksgi\ing 
breakfast to the congregation and on each Sunday preceding Christmas, the Men's 
Bible Class has entertained the Eadies' Bible Class w iih eggnog and coffee, follow ed 
b\ a joint class session. 

In 1975 the minister enriched the Faster season w iih the untorgettable 1 enebrae 
Ser\ ice on Good Friday. 

The youth of the church raised money for summer camp and the following year 
held a second car wash and later served a breakfast for a charge, to raise funds to 
furnish a lounge in llie Recreation Bmlding. 

From 1975-1981 the youth choir presented a musical in the Fellowship Hall as 
the worship service for the congregation. In 1980-1981 the musicals were followed 
by "Pig Pickings" prepared by older youth and \oung men of the church. 

Other significant events in this period were: the Pastor moved his office from the 
manse to the church, established the order of responsibility of the church staff; 
provided job descriptions lor the two secretaries, the choir director, nursery 
superv isor and outside ctisiodian; increased and allotted vacations and arranged to 
send the secretaries (soon the work was coinbined under one) and the choir director 




Dr. Phillip G. Padgett 

Dr. Padgett will always be remembered as one of 
the church's most enthusiastic members, a man who 
always went out of his way to make a visitor feel 
welcome. He faithfully served the church for over 
twenty-five years as an Elder and was also very 
active in the Kings Mountain Presbytery, which he 
was Moderator of in 1964. 


to workshops at Montreal; changed the taking of the colleetion to follow the 
sermon as a response to the message; led a study of Proposed Book of 
Confessions each Tuesday evening; held a training session for officers' \isitation. 
after which he appointed each month a visitation committee composed of an Elder 
and a Deacon; placed in the church office a file for each standing committee, 
introduced the use of a Friendship Register and offered a course in Presbyterian 

The community Thanksgiving Service was held in the church November 20. 

In December the first Decemberfest, with a sharing tree decorated with warm 
clothes for children at Grandfather Home, was enjoyed in the Recreation Building; 
the lighting of the candles in the Advent Wreath by various families became a part 
of the December worship services; a tree decorated with exquisite chrismons made 
by the Women of the church was placed in the chapel. 

The Reverend Bryant attended the workshop of continuing Education each year, 
was Minister in charge of the Youth of the Presbytery of Concord at the World 
Missions Conference in Montreat from 1975-1977; chairman of the Helping Hand 
Fund of the local Ministerial Association for six years. He, with the assistance of 
J.A. Cheshire, Jr., a member of the A.R.P. Church created the Food Bank in 1975 
and brought about the present efficient organization with a paid helper to issue 
supplies and keep records. He made a Ministerial Association Directory; expanded 
the cooperation of the Presbyterian, Central United Methodist, St. Matthews and 
Resurrection Lutheran Churches beyond the Daily Vacation Bible School to 
include the Kings Mountain League Executive Council which sponsors church 
sport teams, Fun Day held each spring and various trips for the Youth. 

The church officers bought a group activities accident policy to cover church 
athletic teams and other related activities. 

On December 22, 1975, a committee compo.sed of F.J. Sincox, chairman, Mrs. 
P.G. (Charlene) Padgett, Mrs. J.A. (Marlene) Neisler, Jr., G.L. Hatch and B.F. 
Maner, welcomed a refugee Laotian family, Khamphone Sonvichit, his wife and 
adopted son Sompheth under the sponsorship of the church. The congregation 
supplied all their needs, including job placement and, a few months later, a 
downpayment on a house and lot. 

Two relatives joined them; many fellow countrymen came to Kings Mountain 
under Khamphone's sponsorship and received limited help and guidance from this 
church. For nine months in 1979-1980, in the Recreation Building, Khamphone 
taught a Sunday School Class in Laotian, and for several years, under the auspices 
of Cleveland Technical College, taught English to his fellow countrymen. 

In May, 1978, Mr. and Mrs. Sonvichit and Sompheth received the Sacrament of 

Our new citizens have used this church frequently. The Laotians in the Carolinas 
celebrated the Laotian New Year in the Fellowship Hall in 1979. 

Two couples, Hiehskeo Sinnorai and Bouavanh Hirnpaphak on November 29, 
1980, and Commey Pengsanat and Thougkham Oulay on November 29, 1982, 
were married in the sanctuary. Following the christian service both couples held the 




Shirley E. Austin 

Since 1958, the church has been blessed by ihe 
inspired choir direction of Mrs. Shirley Falls Austin. 
She has now served under three difterent pastors 
and has done so much to make the choir a beautiful 
part of our worship service. 



Laotian ceremony in llic 1 clkiuship Hall and eniertalned Laotian and American 
guests at a weddini; least. 

Mrs. George (.lennie) Hatch began publishing the Scroll, a monllih church 
newsletter in 1976. This was later published monthly by other members and is now 
under the knowledgeable gtiidancc of Mr. Randy Patterson. 

The plan of electing a Clerk of the Session for one year, that person being eligible 
for re-election, was adopted b\ the Elders. 

To celebrate the Country's Bi-Centennial on July 4, 1976, the church held a 
special service, using old hymns, p.salms and scripture as were used two hundred 
years ago and a regular communion service, followed by a co\ered dish luncheon. 
Between service and lunch the congregation lined up across the block of East King 
Street in front of the church, holding hands and singing patriotic songs in 
conjunction with other congregations who were placed so as to make a continuous 
chain of singers until a signal ended the project. 

A highlight of 1976 was the purchase of a second hand school bus to be 
converted into an activities bus. It was in constant use by the church and groups in 
the community, for which no charge was made, until 1979, when it was sold. 

From 1977-1981, the church participated in [hf Ministerial Intern Program of 
Union Theological Seminary. Chosen each year by the Pastor and a committee 
representing the church groups, David H. Smith, Pamela Lee Daniel, Da\ id Lee 
and Stephen A. Hundley (accompanied by his wife Elaine) contributed in 
innumerable ways to the work and worship of the church. 

Beginning in 1976, the Christian Nurture Committee canvassed the congregation 
on interest in certain courses ttial lasted se\ eral weeks. .Among these were Ciroiip 
Guitar lessons, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, .Art, Auto Mechanics, Home 
Health Care and Problems in Lixing. Money Management, which was laughi by 
Cleveland Teclinical College. Bible study classes for adults and youth were taught 
by the Pastor. 

A revision of the church roll in 1977 showed tfie adult membership to be 259. 

Added to the list of memorials and gitfs, often anonymous, o\er the years were: a 
new organ, cushions for the pews and for the chairs in the Ladies Bible classroom; 
brass candelabra, \ases and urn: a silver chalice; outside lights for the walkways, a 
Bible for the pulpit; new church and L'nited Slates flags for the chapel: a church 
pall; new hymnals; an IBM typewriter and shrubs for the grounds, and a handmade 
communion table. 

From 1977-1981 the church ranked second in the Presbytery in per capita gi\ ing 
to benevolences, in 1982 the rank was third. 

In 1973 a gift from the Nell Cranford Estate was earmarked for the Church 
Library Fund. 

Tfie Elders established an audit committee composed of the church treasurer, 
two Elders and two Deacons who are serving on the Budget and Stewardship 
Committee, and. in 1979, adopted a iniit'ied budget. 

Mr. Shipp Falls celebrated his ninety-first birthday on April 6, 1977, with a party 
gi\en between Sunday School and Churcfi by the Women of the Church. In fiis 

honor the Men of the Church placed in the Men's Bible classroom a lectern bearing 
an engraved marker. 

The Pastor participated in the Pulpit Exchange Plan of the Ministerial 

Members benefitted by hearing reports from Missionaries on furlough; Dr. and 
Mrs. K.H. McGill, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Goethe, Mrs. Peggy Rambo. Dr. Mattie 
Hart also presented a program on her work. Special services led by Dr. Ludwig 
Dewitz and Dr. J.W. Ormand, Professors of Biblical Exposition at Columbia 
Theological Seminary, prepared the congregation for the Lenten Season. 

In observance of the Fortieth Anniversary of the church building, on December 
4, 1979, the congregation used a Bulletin bearing a colored reproduction of the 
Seal of PCUS on the front and an interpretation of the seal on the back. An insert 
was a mimeographed booklet recording treasured memories of the construction 

The November issue of the Scroll carried a statement of the anniversary and an 
explanation of the medallions in the stained glass window over the altar. 

Following a theft from the church of two guitars, stereos, and cash, totaling 
$790.00, all equipment was placed in a room with a deadbolt lock on the door and 
all office doors were locked at night. 

The church received in 1979 a bequest of approximately $80,000.00 from the 
Estate of Mrs. Mary Allison Williams, a former member who had grown up in the 
church. In January, 1981, the Session donated to Covenant Village, Inc. 
$20,000.00 from this gift as a recognition of the donor's desire for the construction 
of a home for the elderly. 

Using the remainder of the bequest, the Task Force for the '80's, chaired by Elder 
B.F. Maner, and the Property and Grounds Committee, chaired by Elder Jeanne 
Maner, enlarged and implemented plans previously made by the Long Range 
Planning Committee chaired by Elder F.J. Sincox and the Property and Grounds 
Committee, chaired by Deacon J. A. Cheshire 111. The project resulted in 
renovating the three buildings and in remodeling the church. This change included 
the rearrangement and utilization of office space as dictated by energy saving 

A new structure of the Youth Fellowship was adopted in 1980: Senior 
Fellowship (Grades 9-12); Pioneer Fellowship (Grades 7-9), Junior Fellowship 
(Grade 4-6). 

Hall Goforth 

For forty-four straight years Mr. Goforth has 
never missed a Sunday without attending a Sunday 
School class (an amazing string of over 2,376 
Sundays and still going strong). 

Because of the energy crisis in 1980, the Session directed all possible activities to 
be held in the Recreation building, except for Sunday morning and also offered 
transportation to selected activities and encouraged neighborhood car pooling. 

A Landscape Committee, co-chaired by Deacons G.S. Neisler and Jerry F. 
Ledford, received approval as a sub-committee of the Property and Ci rounds 
Committee, with the stipulation that all expenses be paid by donations. 

On April 5, 1981, the Reverend Bryant held a special service commermorating 
the admission of baptized children to participation in the Sacrament of 

The same month the Pastor led the congregation in a Portrait Dedications 
Service, at which many members of the families of the sbc full-time Pastors who had 
served the church, were guests of honor. 

On May 3, the Reverend Bryant tendered his resignation, effective .lime 17, so 
that he could accept the call to Paw Creek Presbyterian Church in Mecklenburg 
County, effective July 5. 


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f?ev. Eric M. Faust 

Current Minister of the First Presbyterian 
Churchi of Kings Mountain, N.C. 

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The Faust Ministry 
1982 - 

On May 17, the Pastor appointed Elder Josephine \\'eir Moderator pro-tern of 
the Session; the Elders appointed B.F. Maner and Mrs. Charlene Padgett as the 
Pulpit Supply Committee and also adopted a plan for choosing a Pastor 
Nominating Committee. 

With Elder J.V. Smith presiding at the service. Dr. Paul Ausley moderated the 
congregational meeting on .lune 14 to elect such a group. Chosen were Elder .I.T. 
McGinnis, Jr., Deacon V\ .R. Grissom; Women of the Church Mrs. Fran Sincox; 
Youth L.S. Neisler; congregation at large, Mrs. Betty Ballard. Elder McGinnis had 
been designated by the Session convenor to assemble the committee. 

The Presbytery of Concord appointed Reverend Graham Wood, Pastor of Dixon 
Presbyterian church, to serve as Moderator of the Session. Under the able 
leadership of Ministerial student Ste\ e Hundley, the church continued its worship 
and work program during the summer. Members rejoiced in the inspiration and aid 
supplied by visiting ministers. Vance Policy, m.misterial student al Princeton 
Theological Seminan.-, began on June 1, 1982, a meaningful three-months ministp.'. 

On July 4, with the Reverend James M. Gregory moderating, the congregation 
voted unanimously to call the Reverend Eric Milton Faust to ser\e as Pastor. 

The Reverend Faust preached his first sermon on August 15, 1982; on October 
17 he was installed as Pastor. 

On January 16, 1983, the Session voted to adopt a Goal Setting Project to 
identify the major direction of the church and to design the needed work 

The group set April 8, 1984, as the official date for the Centennial Anniversary 
Celebration of the church because the actual date .April 5, falls on a week day. They 
appointed the following Centennial Planning Committee: Mrs. G.R. (Jean) Barber 
chairman, Mrs. F.M. (Flazel) Fryer, H.C. Jones, Mrs. C..\. (Mary) Neisler, D.C. 
Neisler and Mrs. W.T. (Josephine) Weir. 

L'pon the resignation of Mrs. Barber on May 15. the Session appointed Mrs. 
Weir and Mrs. Marilyn Neisler co-chairmen. 

To plan appropriate activities for the Centennial, the chairmen appointed heads 
of committees who immediately implemented projects. Two handsome display 
cabinets were built for the church; a colored pictorial directory was published; a 
handsome brass bell cast at Paccard Bell Foimdries in Amecy, France, was placed 
in the bell-tower and dedicated September 25, 1983. The inscription on the 
beautiful memorial reads: 

In loving memory of First Presbyterian Church 

Paul Mauney Neisler, Jr. Kings Mountain. N.C. 

1922-1983 100th Anniversary 

Presented to 1884-1984 

The congregation adopted the procedure of electing a nominating committee to 
direct the choice of Elders and Deacons. 

A fifteen passenger van delivered in October instantly supplied a partial solution 
to the transportation problem for youth and adults taking part in church activities 
and made possible short trips of groups for pleasure. 

At 7:00 p.m. on the Sunday evening in November the First Presbyterian 
churches of Kings Mountain, Cherryville and Bessemer City joined for a rotating 
schedule of worship bringing closer fellowship between Long Creek and the three 
churches that claim her as their origin. 

Worship services with prayer, music, devotionals and meaningful beauty 
continued through the Christmas season of the hundredth year of the local church. 



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First Presbyterian Church Roll 


1, 1984 

Adams, Dr. Charles H. 

Clemmer, Ray Franklin 

Adams, Mrs. Charles H. 

Clemmer, Thomas Glenn 

Adams, Mary Louise 

Clemmer, John Carroll 

Adams, Charles H., Jr. 

Cook, Louis E. 

Arnette, Mrs. J.C. 

Cook, Mrs. Louis E. 

Austin, Darrell L. 

Crosby, Chri.stopher S. 

Austin, Mrs. Darrell L. 

Crosby, Mrs. Vernon P. 

Austin, Darrell L., Jr. 

Condrey, Sonya 

Austin, Amy Elizabeth 

Davis, D. Kenneth 

Ballard, Charles E. 

Davis, Mrs. D. Kenneth 

Ballard, Mrs. Charles E. 

Davis, Kenneth Franklin 

Ballard, D. Michael 

Dellinger, William G. 

Ballard, Mrs. D. Michael 

Dellinger, Mrs. William G. 

Ballard, D. Michael, Jr. 

Dellinger, David Larry 

Ballew, W. Charles 

Dixon, Fred L. 

Ballew, Mrs. W. Charles 

Dixon, Mrs. Fred L. 

Barber, Mrs. G. Rhea 

Dixon, Fred A. 

Barrett, J.D. 

Dixon, >'Irs. Fred A. 

Barrett, Mrs. J.D. 

Eskridge, Dr. Jerry L. 

Blanton, Mrs. C. Don 

Eskridge, Mrs. Jerry L. 

Blanion, Charles D. 

Eskridge, Elizabeth Lynn 

Blanton, Mrs. Charles D. 

Falls, Coman F., Jr. 

Blanton, Mary Elizabeth 

Faust, Eric M. 

Brewer, Mrs. W.F. 

Faust, Mrs. Eric M. 

Brittain, Mrs. Sarah Faye 

Faust, Andrew 

Broadwater, Howard M. 

Faust, Bethan 

Broadwater, Mrs. Howard M. 

Falls, Cicero 

Brutko, Mrs. Malcolm N. 

Falls, Mrs. Cicero 

Buingardner, Robert L. 

Falls, Mrs. Zoe Inez 

Bumgardner, Mrs. Robert L. 

Fryer, Mrs. Hazel H. 

Butler, Mrs. Randy G. 

Fulton, Carl G. 

Bingham, James Scott 

Fulton, Mrs. Carl G. 

Braketleld, Mrs. Marian R. 

Gillespie, Mrs. Booth W. 

Cansler, Anthony 

Goforth, Ben T. 

Carson, Mrs. Paul 

Goforth, Mrs. Ben T. 

Chanthapheang, Manh 

Goforth. Mrs. H.A. 

Chanthapheang, Mrs. Manh 

Goforth, Hall 

Chanthapheang, Khammoungkhone 

Goforth, Mrs. Hall 

Chanthapheang, Chanthanome 

Gossett, Todd Wofford 

Chanthapheang, Sengsongt'a 

Gossett, Ashley DeAnn 

Chanthapheang, Hongkeo 

Grigg, Alfred F., Jr. 

Chanthapheang, Hongthong 

Grigg, Mrs. .Alfred F., Jr. 

Chanthapheang, Hongkham 

Grissom, William R. 

Cheshire, Mrs. Gail 

Grissom, Mrs. William R. 

Cheshire, Grady Patterson 

Grissom, Sondra Lynn 

Clemmer, Henry Ray 

Guy, Edgar T. 

C lemmer, Mrs. Henry Ray 

Guy, Mrs. Edgar T. 

Clemmer, Laura Frances 

Hambright, Myers T. 

Hambright, Mrs. Myers T. 
Hambright, Myers T., Jr. 
Hamrick, Edwin R. 
Hamrick, Mrs. Edwin R. 
Hamrick, Jennifer Lynn 
Hamrick, Fred G. 
Hamrick, Mrs. Fred G. 
Harper, R. Ragan, Jr. 
Harper, Mrs. R. Ragan, Jr. 
Harper, Cynthia Caroline 
Harper, Katherine Anne 
Harrison, W.E. 
Harrison, Mrs. W.E. 
Hawkins, Ronald J. 
Hawkins, Mrs. Ronald J. 
Hayes, B. Manley, Jr. 
Hilton, A. Beekman 
Hilton, Mrs. A. Beekman 
Himpaphanh, Houmphanh 
Houser, Lloyd R. 
Houser, Martha F. 
Houston, S. Humes 
Houston, Mrs. S. Humes 
Hoyle, Mrs. Frank 
Hunnicutt, Mrs. Harold 
Jackson, Howard B. 
Jackson, Mrs. Howard B. 
Jenkins, Mrs. E.L. 
Keller, Mrs. Eva C. 
King, Jerry L. 
King, Mrs. Jerry L. 
Knox, Jacob R. 
Lewis, Mrs. Carol J. 
Ledford, Jerry F. 
Ledford, Mrs. Jerry F. 
Lewis, Mrs. O.P. 
Logan, Hugh A., Ill 
Logan, Mrs. Hugh A., Jr. 
Logan, John David 
Lovell, Mrs. Lawrence 
Maner, B.F. 
Maner, Mrs. B.F. 
Maner, Frank Garrett 
Maner, Robert Sommers 
Maner, Sarah Elizabeth 
Martin, Thomas J. 
Mauney, Mrs. Edgar D. 
Mauney, Paul 
Mauney, Mrs. Paul 
McDaniel, F. Atwood 
McDaniel, Mrs. F. Atwood 
Mercer, Col. James 

Mercer, Mrs. James 
McGinnis, J.T., Jr. 
McGinnis, Mrs. J.T., Jr. 
McGinnis, Mrs. Tracy 
McKelvie, Henry R. 
McSwain, Mrs. Eugene 
Morris, F.O. 
Morris, Mrs. F.O. 
Moss, Charles H. 
Moss, Mrs. Charles H. 
Moss, Mrs. George 
Murphrey, Edgar O., Jr. 
Murphrey, Mrs. Edgar O., Jr. 
Nance, Bill 
Nance, Mrs. Bill 
Nance, Debra S. 
Nance, Paula L. 
Nation, Jerry B. 
Nation, Mrs. Jerry B. 
Nation, Lisa Jo 
Neisler, C. Andrew 
Neisler, Mrs. C. Andrew 
Neisler, Charles A. 
Neisler, Mrs. Charles A. 
Neisler, Lee S. 
Neisler, G. Scott 
Neisler, Mrs. G. Scott 
Neisler, Mrs. C.E., Jr. 
Neisler, Henry P. 
Neisler, Mrs. Henry P. 
Neisler, W. Hayne 
Neisler, David C. 
Neisler, H. Parks, Jr. 
Neisler, Joseph A., Jr. 
Neisler, Mrs. Joseph A., Jr. 
Neisler, Melissa Marlene 
Neisler, Theresa Angelett 
Neisler, Mrs. P.M., Sr, 
Nickels, Nancy 
Osborne, Mrs. Robert B. 
Osborne, Mrs. W'.F. 
Padgett, Mrs. Philip G. 
Page, Harry E. 
Page, Mrs. Harry E. 
Patrick, H. Lawrence 
Patrick, Mrs. H. Lawrence 
Patrick, Barbara M. 
Patterson, Randy C. 
Patterson, Mrs. Randy C. 
Plonk, James Harold 
Powers, Michael S. 
Powers, Mrs. DeAnn 




Powers, Lisa 

Sinnorai, Mrs. Viengkeo 

Pursley, Mrs. J.H. 

Smith, JaiTies Vic 

Putnam, CV'rald E. 

Smith, Mrs. James Vic 

Putnam, Mrs. Gerald E. 

Smith, Todd 

Queen, John E. 

Smith, Maurice 

Queen, Mrs. John E. 

Snow, R. Maynard 

Ramseur, Mrs. W.L. 

Snow, Mrs. R. Maynard 

Reynolds, Warren 

Snow, Jerry 

Rhea, Bobby W . 

Sonvichit, Khamphonc 

Rhea, Mrv Bobby \V. 

Sonvichit, Mrs. Khaniphone 

Rhea, Barbara A. 

Sourisak, Mrs. Chansouka 

Rhea, David S. 

Sourisak, Chanthav ong 

Rhea, Mrs. Grady 

Southwell, Robert O. 

Rhea, Joe Dixon 

Southwell, Mrs. Robert O. 

Rhea, Joe Dixon, Jr. 

Southwell, Stephen S. 

Roberts, Thomas W. 

Stoterau. Harlin E. 

Robinson, Dr. Sam L. 

Stoterau Mrs. Harlin E. 

Robinson, Mrs. Sam L. 

Stowe. Mrs. Logan P. 

Robinson, Jeffrey L. 

Thomasson, George B. 

Rollins, Mrs. James 

Thomasson, Mrs. George B. 

Rollins, Paul C. 

Tra\ is, Marene B. 

Roof, David A. 

VanAntwerp, Robert H. 

Roof, Mrs. David A. 

Webb, R. Halbert 

Sanders, William L. 

Weir, Sam S. 

Sanders, Mrs. VNiUiam L. 

W'eir, Mrs. Sam S. 

Sanders, William Mark 

Weir, Mrs. W.T. 

Sanders, Donna L. 

Whetstine, Clyde O. 

Seism, Thurman P. 

Williams, Mrs. Hugh O. 

Seism, Mrs. Thurman P. 

Wilson, Mrs. Pete H. 

Shaw, Mrs. Sarah C. 

Wilson, Mrs. Seth D. 

Shaw, Mrs. W'.F. 

Winn, Mrs. John Emmett 

Sincox, Mrs. Frances B. 





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Kings Mountain, North Carolina 

Historical Facts 

"Give thanks unto the Father, which hatn made us meet to be 
partakers of the inheritance of the Lord." 

Colossians 1:12 


These are the twelve ministers who served the First 
Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain, North Carolina, part- 
time from 1884-1914. 

Reverend E.P. Davis (1884-1887) 

Reverend Erasmus Ervin (1888-1889) 

Reverend E.A. Sample (1889-1892) 

Student W.L. Walker (1893) 

Reverend J.K. Hall (1893-1894) 

Reverend R.J. Mcllwaine (1895-1898) 

Reverend J.R. Millard (1899-1902) 

Reverend J.M. Forbis (1903-1908) 

Reverend S.S. Oliver (1909-1912) 

Reverend R.A. Miller (1913-1914) 

Reverend C.L. Bragaw (1914-1915) 

Reverend J.E. Berryhill (1916-1918) 

The Reverend Edward P. Davis 

Born in Ruthertbrdton, July 12, 1861; Married Mary Agnes Lowry, Calhoun 
Mills, South Carolina, December 29, 1880; Davidson College 1869-73, BA, DD; 
teacher 18734; Columbia Theological Seminary 1874-7; licensed 1877, 
Mecklenburg Presbytery; ordained 1877, South Carolina Presbytery; pastor 
Hopewell and W'illington Churches, Calhoun Mills, South Carolina, 1877-83; 
pastor Shelby, Kings Mountain and Shiloh Presbyterian Churches, 1883-7; pastor 
First Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1888-92; pastor First 
Presbyterian Church, Montgomery, Alabama, 1892-00; pastor Opelika and 
Auburn, Alabama, 1900-5; pastor Second Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South 
Carolina, 1905-25; stated clerk, Enoree Presbytery, 1926-(honorably retired, 1933-) 
1937; died Greenville, South Carolina, July 1, 1937; DD Southwestern 
Presbyterian University, Clarksville, Tennessee. Stated clerk. East Alabama 
Presbytery, 1899-04. 

The Reverend Erasmus Ervin 

Born in Clarendon County, South Carolina, March 10, 1847; Married (1) Lilias 
Blair McPhail, August 12, 1875, (2) Mary A. Guthrie, June 13, 1878; the Citadel, 
The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston; Confederate States Army; 
Davidson College, B.A., 1872; Columbia Theological Seminary, South Carolina 
(now Decatur, Georgia) 1872; Union Theological Seminary of Virginia, Richmond 
(formerly located at Hampden-Sydney), 1872-4; licensed spring, 1874, Harmony 
Presbytery; ordained evangelist, fall, 1872, Mecklenburg Presbytery; stated supply, 
Rutherfordton and Little Britain, North Carolina, 1875-6, stated supply, Salem 
Church, West Lexington Presbytery, 1876 — (stated supply. Union, 1876; stated 

supply. Union, 1876; stated supply. Walnut Hill, 1879 ) - 1881; stated supply, 

Washington Kentucky, 1881-3; stated supply. Paint Lick, Kentucky, 1889-8; stated 
supply, Shelby, Kings Mountain, Grover, and Rutherfordton, North Carolina, 
1888-9; pastor, Demopolis and Faunsdale, Alabama, 1889-90; pastor Pisgah, West 
Lexington Presbytery 1890-6; stated supply, N.C. Ferniak Springs, Florida, and 
other points, 1896-05; pastor Williamsburg and Union, stated supply. Central, 
South Carolina, 1905-11; pastor McClellan\ille, South Carolina, 1912-6, inform 
1916-18; died there. May 13, 1918. 

The Reverend E.A. Sample 

Born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; Baltimore Dental College, 
Maryland, DDS, 1869; Columbia Theological Seminary, South Carolina (now 
Decatur, Georgia), 1884; licensed March, ordained August, 1885, Mecklenburg 
Presbytery; pastor Franklin and Morrison Churches, Mecklenburg Presbytery, 
1885-9; Pastor Song Creek, Hephzibah, Kings Mountain churches, Mecklenburg, 
Presbytery-1 889-92; pastor Hendersonville and Mills River, North Carolina, group, 
1892-6; home missionary, Henderson\'ille and Franklin, Asheville Presbytery, 
1897-03; without charge, Hendersonville, 1904-13; stated supply. Archer, Florida 
and group, 1914-16; died Hendersonville, North Carolina, September 7, 1917; 
stated clerk, Asheville Presbytery, 1897-02, 04. 

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The Reverend William L. Walker 

Born in Charlotte, North CaroHna, November 25, 1869; Married Mrs. Clara 
Bigham McDuffie, Pontotoc, Mississippi, July 29, 1914; Davidson College, BA, 
1892; Columbia Theological Seminary, 1892-3; Princeton Theological Seminary, 
New Jersey, 1893-95; licensed May, 1895, Mecklenburg Presbytery; ordained 
October 31, 1895, Enoree Presbytery; pastor Third Church, Greenville, South 
Carolina 1895-98; pastor Piedmont, 1898-1900; in Baptist Church, 1901-26; pastor 
Ouitman, Georgia, 1901-2; pastor Vineville church, Macon 1903-5; pastor First 
Church, Rome, 1913-17; pastor First Church Danville, Kentucky, 1918-24; pastor 
First Church, Elyria, Ohio, 1924-6; died Charlotte, North Carolina, July 13, 1926. 

The Reverend Joseph K. Hall 

Born Belmont, North Carolina, January 1, 1865; married Mary Elizabeth 
Witherspoon, Lancaster, South Carolina, January 8, 1902; Davidson College, B.A.; 
1887, D.D., 1937; principal, Mooresville Academy, North Carolina, 1887-8, Union 
Theological Seminary of Virginia, Richmond (formerly located at Hampden- 
Sydney), 1888-91; licensed July 1891, Mecklenburg Presbytery, July, 1891; 
ordained, February, 1892, East Hanover Presbytery; stated supply and pastor 
Ashland, Virginia and stated supply, Samuel Davies, 1891-3; pastor, Belhesda 
Church, Guthriesville, South Carolina 1894-09; principal Westminster School for 
Boys, Rutherford, North Carolina, 1909-1 1; pastor Lillington, North Carolina and 
group, 191 1-17; pastor Lumber Bridge and group, 1917-21; stated supply, Goshen 
Church, Kings Mountain Presbytery, 192240; honorably retired, Belmont, 1940-9; 
died there, January 2, 1949; stated clerk, Fayetteville Presbytery 1913-17. 

The Reverend Robert J. Mcllwaine 

Born, Waxhaw, North Carolina, March 16, 1860; married Delia Shields, 
Carthage, North Carolina, June 28, 1898; high school, Hopewell, North Carolina; 
student, Union Theological Seminary of Virginia, Richmond (formerly located at 
Hampden-Sydney), 1892-94; licensed May 10, 1894, ordained June 27, 1895, 
Mecklenburg Prebytery; pastor Long Creek and Shiloh churches and stated supply. 
Kings Mountain group, 1898-01; pastor Pea River church and group. East 
Alabama Presbytery, 1901-7; ill health, occasional home missionary work, 
residence, Montreat, North Carolina, 1908-10; evangelist. Union County, 
Mecklenburg Presbytery, 1910-(also evangelist, Anson County, 20) -33; honorably 
retired, Monroe, 1933-34; died there, December 15, 1944. 

The Reverend Joseph R. Millard 

Born in Bluff City, Tennessee, January 24, 1856; married Annie Lee Elliott, 
Chester, South Carolina, 1888; farmer and clerk; student King College; 
Southwestern Presbyterian University, Clarksville, Tennessee, Divinity School, 
1886; Union Theological Seminary of Virginia, Richmond (formerly located at 
Hampden-Sydney) 1886-7; Columbia Training School, 1887-8; licensed May 5, 


1888, Holston Presbyten-; ordained October 1888, Charleston Presbytery; pastor 
Richland and Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, 1888-9; pastor Tirgah, stated supply 
W'axhaw and Beulah churches. Bethel Presbytery, 1889-91; pastor Fishing Creek 
and Richburg, South Carolina 1891-6; stated supply. Fishing Creek-Oakland group, 
1896-8; pastor Kings Mountain and Long Creek churches. Kings Mountain 
Presbytery, 1899-(stated supply, Bessemer City, North Carolina 1900-H)2; pastor 
Salem, Lebanon, and Union churches. Bethel Presbytery, 1903-11; pastor 
Chesterfield, Ruby and White Oak Churches, Pee Dee Presbytery, 1911-25; 
residence. Ruby, South Carolina 1925-(honorably retired, 1927-36; died February 
20, 1936. 

The Reverend James M. Forbis 

Born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, November 22, 1868, married 
Minnie Eddins Jones, Shelby, North Carolina, January 16, 1900; Rutherfordton 
College, BA; Union Theological Seminary of Virginia, Richmond (formerly located 
at Hampden-Sydney) 1894-7; licensed April 14, ordained December 10, 1897; St. 
Johns Presbytery; pastor Plant City, Florida, 1897-03; pastor Kings Mountain, 
North Carolina and group, 1903-9; pastor Parkton, Rockfish and Hope Mills, 
Fayetteville Presbytery, 1909; pastor Rockingham, North Carolina, 1909-12; 
pastor Bethune and Pinetree churches, (South Carolina), 1912-26; stated supply, 
Andrews, South Carolina, 1926-9; p. Great Falls, South Carolina and group, 
1929-41; died March 12, 1941. 

The Reverend Samuel S. Oliver 

Bom in Madison, North Carolina, .August 26, 1866; married Mamie Ellen 
Pepper, Danbury, North Carolina, May 11, 1898; Davidson College, 2 years; 
Union Theological Seminary of Virginia, Richmond (formerly located in Hampden- 
Sydney); licensed May 25, ordained May 26, 1898; Orange Presbytery; evangelist, 
Stokes County, North Carolina, 1898-9; pastor Broadway, Virginia 1900-2; pastor 
Petersburg, West Virginia 1902-5; p. Franklin Ruddle and Upper Tract, 1905-9; 
stated supply Pittsboro, Haywood and St. .Andrews, North Carolina, 1908-9; pastor 
Kings Mountain, Long Creek and Bessemer City, 1909-12; pastor .Academy, 
Forest, Virginia, 1912-6; pastor High Bridge, Buchanon, Mt. Carmel, 1916-8; 
stated supply Lincastle 1918-(Mtn. Union Galatia, Glenn Wilton, 1918-22)-23; 
Roanoke, 1925; stated supply, Mebrose, 1926; stated clerk, Roan Presbytery, 
1929-(stated supply, Vinton, 1929-35K36; died December 8, 1936, stated clerk 
Montgomery Presbytery, 1927-36. 

The Reverend Robert A. Miller 

Bom in York County, South Carolina, March 18,1 848; married (1 ) Ella Brown, 
Whitehill, North Carolina, (2) Isia Parks, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; 
Davidson College, 1871, BA; Columbia Theological Seminary, South Carolina 
(now Decatur, Georgia), 1874; licensed 1874 Bethel Presbytery; ordained, 1875, 
Wilmington Presbytery; pastor Mt. Williams and Richland churches, Wilmington 


Presbytery, 1874-7; pastor Monroe and Wadesboro churches, Mecklenburg 
Presbytery, 1877-83; pastor Hopewell church, Mecklenburg Presbytery 1883-90; 
pastor, Lowell, North Carolina and group 1890-14; (including kings Mountain, 
19134); evangelist Rock Hill, South Carohna, 1915-16; died there June 1, 1916. 

The Reverend Charles L. Bragaw 

Born, Lafayette, Alabama, Noverrber 25, 1875; Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 
Auburn, Alabama (now Auburn University); Columbia Theological Seminary, 
1904-5; Louisville (Kentucky) Presbyterian Theological Seminary; licensed April, 
1906, Kanawha Presbytery; assistant pastor. First (USA) church, Washington, 
District of Columbia, 1906-7; ordained, October, 1907, Maryland (USA) 
Presbytery; pastor Palmyra, Nebraska, 1908-9; in Presbyterian Church in the 
United States of America, 1909-16; slated supply, Lillington, North Carolina and 
group, 1909; pastor Barbecue group, Fayetteville Presbytery, 19094; pastor. Kings 
Mountain, North Carolina and group, 1914; infirm; died Cliff, New Mexico, 
March 8, 1916. 

The Reverend Joseph E. Berryhill 

Born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, April 22, 1860; Married Mary 
Alice Malloy, Parkton, North Carolina, December 30, 1915; Southwestern 
Presbyterian University, Clarksville, Tennessee (now Southwestern College of 
Mississippi Valley (Presbyterian), Memphis, Tennessee) 1896-9, BA; also Divinity 
School, 1899-01, BD; licensed January 19, ordained September 1902, Western 
District Presbytery; pastor, Gibson County, Tennessee and group, 1902-5; stated 
supply, Clarksdale and Tunica, Mississippi, 1905; stated supply, Hendersonville and 
Madison, Tennessee and group, 1906; stated supply, Searcy, Arkansas, 1906-7; 
pastor Paw Creek and Cook's Memorial Presbyterian churches, Mecklenburg 
Presbytery, 1907-13; stated supply, Parkton, North Carolina and group, 1913-5; 
pastor Kings Mountain, North Carolina and group 1916-9; pastor Clover, South 
Carolina, 1919-22; stated supply. Union Presbyterian Church, Lowell, North 
Carolina, 1922-30; pastor, Dallas, 1930-33; stated supply, Newell Presbyterian 
Church, 1933-5; without charge, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1936; died there 
December 10, 1937. 

Full Time Pastors Of The 
First Presbyterian Church 

Kings Mountain 

North Carolina 

1. The Reverend Fred J. Hay, D.D. 

2. The Reverend Issac S. McElroy, D.D. 


3. The Reverend Richard C. Wilson, Jr. 


4. The Reverend Paul D. Patrick, D.D. 

May 1935 -September, 1958 

5. The Reverend Paul K. Ausley, Th. D., D.D. 
November, 1958 - June, 1974 

6. The Reverend Gary L. Bryant 
September, 1974 -June, 1981 

7. The Reverend Eric M. Faust 
August 15, 1982 - 

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Reverend Fred J. Hay 

Minister of tlie First Presbyterian Churcti 
of Kings Mountain, North Carolina from 1919 
to 1922. 

Born in Liberty Hill, South Carolina, September 4, 
1892; married Mildred Johnston, October 16, 1919; 
Davidson College, 1910-14, B.A.; Columbia Theological 
Seminary, 1916-19, B.D.: Princeton Theological 
Seminary, 1922-23, ThM.; King College, 1973, D.D.; 
licensed May, 1919, Bethel Presbytery, South Carolina; 
ordained August, 1919, by Kings Mountain Presbytery, 
North Carolina; pastor First Presbyterian Church, Kings 
Mountain, 1919-22; pastor Dillon Presbyterian Church, 
Dillon, South Carohna, 1923-1972; died August 6, 1973. 

Reverend Issac Stuart McElroy 

Minister of the First Presbyterian Ctiurch 
of Kings t\/lountain, Nortfi Carolina from 1923 
to 1931. 

Born in Lebanon, Kentucky, April 30, 1853; married 
Annie Lee, November 16, 1879; Danville Military 
Academy 1875, B.A.; teacher and law student, 1876; 
Union Theological Seminary, Virginia, 1877-78; Central 
University, Dan\ille, Kentucky, D.D., 1894; licensed 
April, 1876 by Transylvania Presbytery; ordained 
September, 1878 by Missouri Presbytery; stated supply 
pastor Keytesville and Perryville, Brunswick, Missouri, 
1878-1880; pastor Stanford and Perryville, Kentucky, 
1880-84; pastor Mt. Sterhng, Kentucky, 1884-90; 
financial agent Synod of Kentucky for Presbyterian 
Theological Seminary, Kentucky, 1890-93; pastor 
Maxwell Street Church, Lexington, Kentucky, 
1894-1902; Secretary Executive Committee, Ministerial 
Relief 1902-04; pastor E'irst Church, Columbus, Georgia 
1905-23; pastor First Church Kings Mountain, North 
Carolina, 1923-3 1 ; died January 10, 1931 . Author "Some 
Pioneer Preachers of the Piedmont," "History of 
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary" and 
various pamphlets. 


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Reverend Richard C. Wilson 

Minister of the First Presbyterian Church 
of Kings l\/lountain, North Carolina from 

Born Macon, Georgia, September 22, 1886; married 
Bertha Hanscomb, 1915 (died February 19, 1928) (2) 
Sophy Hughes, April 1929, insurance agent; student 
Mercer University; Davidson College, 1906-10, B.S.; 
Union Theological Seminary, Virginia, 1910-13, B.D.; 
licensed May 1913, by Macon Presbytery; ordained May 
1914 by Mississippi Presbytery, pastor Booneville 
Presbyterian Church 1914-18; pastor Sparta Presbyterian 
Church, Georgia 1918-20; pastor Olivet Church McCon- 
nellsville, South Carolina 1920-25; pastor Presbyterian 
Church, Cartersville, Georgia 1925-31; pastor First 
Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain, North Carolina 
1932-34; died October 1, 1934. 


Reverend Paul D. Patrick 

Minister of ttie First Presbyterian Churcti 
of Kings t^ountain. Nortti Carolina from 1935 
to 1958. 

Born Sharon, South CaroHna December 7, 1892; mar- 
ried Blanche Jeager. 1919; Davidson College 1912-15: 
Columbia Theological Seminary, 1915-18, B.D.; 
Moderator of Synod of North Carolina, 1949; Davidson 
College Trustee 1931-64, first recipient of Distinguished 
Alumnus Award, 1962, and D.D., 1964; licensed April 
1918 by Enroee Presbytery, South Carolina; ordained b\ 
Cherokee Presbytery, South Carolina, October 1918; 
pastor Alpine Church and group, Cherokee Presbytery , 
1918-21; pastor Effingham and Hopewell Presbyterian 
Churches, South Carolina. 1926-28; Superintendent 
Home Missions Pee Dee and Harmony Presbyteries. 
South Carolina, 1937 - (Charleston Presbytery, 1930 -) 
1935; pastor First Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain, 
North Carolina, 1935-58; Vice-President in charge of 
De\elopment, Columbia Theological Seminary, Georgia, 
1958-65; stated supply pastor with several churches in 
Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia 
January 1, 1965-66; died April 21 , 1966. 


Reverend Paul K. Ausley 

Minister of tiie First Presbyterian Church 
of Kings Mountain, North Carolina from 1958 
to 1974. 

Born in Greensboro, North Carolina July 15, 1915; 
married Helen Bow en April 24, 1946; Florida State Col- 
lege 1938-^2; B.S.; student Hartford Theological 
Seminary 1942-43; Duke Universitv Divinity School, 
North Carolina, 194345; B.D.; post-graduate work Duke 
University 194445; Columbia University, New York 
1947; American University, Washington, D.C. 1948; 
Th.D.; Moderator Kings Mountain Presbytery, 1965; 
licensed April 18, 1944 by Granville Presbytery and or- 
dained March 26, 1945; stated supply pastor, Roxboro, 
North Carolina, 194445; pastor Cann Memorial Church, 
Elizabeth City, North Carolina 1945-58; pastor First 
Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain 1958-74. 

Reverend Gary L. Bryant 

Minister of tiie First Presbyterian Church 
of Kings f\/lountain, North Carolina from 1974 
to 1982. 

Born Clifty. West Virginia, September 7, 1945; married 
Gail Ladd 1967; King College Bristol, Tennessee 1963-67; 
A.B.; Teacher Swords Creek, Virginia 1967-68; Columbia 
Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia 1968-71, 
M.Div.; Associate pastor. First Lumberton, North 
Carolina, 1970-74; Pastor First Presbyterian Church, 
Kings Mountain, North Carolina 1974-1981. 

Reverend Eric M. Faust 

Minister of ttie First Presbyterian Churcti 
of Kings Mountain, Nortfi Carolina from 1982 
until present. 

Born College Park, Maryland, August 26, 1940; Mar- 
ried Linda Margaret Miller August 22, 1964; North 
Carolina State University 1959-63, 13.5.; Union 
Theological Seminary, Richmond Virginia 1963-66, B.D.; 
McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois 
1979-present (D. Min. work). Moderator Presbytery of 
Newfoundland 1967-68; ordained July, 1966; installed St. 
Aldan's Presbyterian Church, St. John's, Newfoundland 
August, 1966 and served 1966-November, 1968; pastor 
Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania and 
Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church in Hancock, Maryland 
November, 1968-June, 1972; pastor Covenant 
Prebyterian Church, Concord, North Carolina June, 
1972-July, 1974; pastor Walhalla Prebyterian Church, 
Walhalla, South Carolina August, 1974-July 1982; pastor 
First Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain, North 
Carolina August, 1982 - present. 



The following is a collection 
of Folklore the Church has 
gathered over its One-Hundred 
Year History. 

Communion Bread 

Whence comes the bread the congregation uses in the Sacrament of the Lord's 
The following letter filed in an old minute book of the Session answers the 
question for the First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain. 


Kings Mountain, North Carolina 
April 4, 1964 

My mother, Mrs. C.E. Neisler, Sr., made the unleavened bread that was used by 
the First Presbyterian Church in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, for communion 
as far back as I can remember, which would be before 1900. I remember this very 
vividly because all the Neisler children were in a hurry to get home after the 
communion service so they could eat the left over communion bread. 


Mrs. C.E. Neisler, Sr.,'s Recipe for 
Unleavened Bread for Communion 

2 cups flour 

IV2 sticks creamery butter 
2 tablespoons sugar 
1 tablespoon salt 

Mix with 3 tablespoons ice water. Make into two balls of dougli. 
Sometimes it is difficult to mix properly. If it gets too thin, put in 
refrigerator to cool until mixture can be handled properly. 

Roll out balls as pie dough (1/6" to 1/8" thick). Put into two baking pans 
and serrate dough into strips about 1/2" wide. Bake slowly in moderate 

Strips are usually broken into 1/2" squares. A few pieces are left in 
strips so they can be used by the Minister during the service. 


This recipe probably came from Aunt Sue (Mrs. H.L. Ramseur). who came to 
Kings Mountain from the Long Creek Community. 

My sister Margaret (Mrs. H.R. Hunnicutt), who now makes the bread for our 
Church, gave me this recipe. 

Sincerely yours, 
C.E. Neisler 


This service to the congregation was assumed about 1967 by Mrs. Neisler's 
granddaughter-in-law Marilyn (Mrs. Henry P. Neisler), who uses the same recipe. 

Communion Wine 

Probably few of us realize that over the years two members of the church have 
obtained licenses to make the wine used in Communion Services and have stored it 
until it was used. 

About 1937 Mr. B.M. Ormand harvested his own grapes for the beverage and 
continued to produce the vintage until about 1968 when the task became too 
arduous for him. 

Mr. H.E. Page obtained a license and accepted the equipment given him by his 
predecessor, but found it necessary to purchase grapes from other sources. 

The equipment was an old grape crusher, dated in the late 1890's, consisting of a 
hopper with two metal rollers to crush the fruit when the maker turned by hand the 
long wooden handle, a screw lard press to use after the grapes had fermented three 
or four days. At this .stage, the producer added sugar, a delicate process, because the 
amount of sugar determines the sweetness of the wine. 

To hold the juice Mr. Ormand used a ten gallon wooden keg with a corn cob 
stopper into which he installed a tube to allow the gasses to escape. He placed the 
other end of the tube in a vessel of water to prevent air getting back to the w ine. 
When fermentation was completed, the wine maker sealed the keg with a cork 
stopper covered with parafin wax. 

Mr. Page uses a five gallon glass jar instead of tiie wooden keg and siphons off 
the wine once it is ready for use. He prefers the container because it does not 
absorb the liquid as did the wooden keg. 

The church used approximately two gallons of wine a year. 

The Pastoral Stole 

The colors of the Pastor's stole and the collars on the choir robes have a definite 
significance and are worn on certain dates. 

Green, used regularly, except for the designated seasons listed below, signifies 
the Eternity of God. 

White signifies the purity of God's Righteousness and the glory of God. It is 
used on Easter and the forty-nine days afterwards, on Trinity Sunday and on 
Christmas through Epiphany. 

Purple or Lavender, during Lent, the seven weeks before Easter, purple 
signifies the Passion color, the suffering of Jesus. 

During Advent, the four Sundays before Christmas, it signifies the Royal color, 
.lesus the King, the Lord is come. 

Red, on Pentecost red represents the power of the Holy Spirit, the coming of the 

On Good Friday it represents the week of Jesus's sufferings and crucifixion. 

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If the stole bears decorations, the dominant solid color is the one considered. 
Each choir robe has two reversible collars. The wearer displays the appropriate 
color as the occasion requires. 



Significant Firsts 


- Sunday School was organized with 20 members 

- "Ladies Society" organized 

- Boy Scout Troop No. 1 organized 

- B.F. Ormand, Jr. candidate for ministery 

- Snowguards on roof first in this section of N.C. 

- Church seals in front door first made in .stained glass 
-Outpost: Di.xon Presbyterian Church 

- Girl Scout Troops organized 

- Rotation system for Deacons 

- New manse and recreation building 

- Partial support of a missionary 

- Catawba Nursery lanscaped property 

- James Moss candidate for missionary 

- Air-conditioning in entire church 

- Member of Presbytery of Concord 

- Edith Hambright candidate for ministery 

- Rotation system for Elders 

- Woman Elder: Mrs. Jean Barber 

- Woman Deacon: Mrs. Jeanne Maner 

- Church sports 

- Sponsored Laotian family 

- Purchased bus 

- Ministerial Intern student 

- Renovated the 3 buildings 

- Woman Clerk of the Session: Mrs. Jean Barber 
-Admission of baptized children to communion 

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James L. Moss Reports Seven Years 
On The Mission Field 

"Dot and I were married in the Unity Presbyterian Church of Denver, N.C. by 
her father, the Rev. R.T. Baker, on June 1, 1956. In less than three months we 
sailed for Brazil. Most of those three months were spent in Montreal at the "Out- 
going Missionaries Institute" — and then the World Missions Conference which 
closed with the Commissioning Service. 

"In September of 1956 we arrived in Campinas, Sao Paulo — w here for a year we 
were in language school. It was in Campinas on July 3 1 , 1957 that our first child, 
Mark, was born. 

"After language school we mo\'ed up-country to Ceres, Goias. It was here that 
we lived most of the time we were in Brazil. I was pastor of the Uruana Evangelistic 
Field. We lived in Ceres because there was a doctor there, and communications and 
transportation (after a fashion). We were seven hundred miles from the nearest 
paved road and measured distance not only miles but by the number of hours it 
usually took you to get there. During the rainy season, travel was hopeless. 

"We were in Brazil when in 1959 the Brazilian Presbyterian Church celebrated 
its centennial. \\'e were there when the Federal Capital was moved from Rio do 
Janeiro to Brasilia and that new capital was inaugurated. We were there when 
President Eisenhower visited Brazil, the tlrst American president to \isit Brazil 
since \\'oodrovv Wilson. 

'These were exciting times, but the most memorable for me were those times 
when in distant and out of the way places I had the opportunity to preach the 
gospel to men and women who had never heard it before, or had heard it only a 
couple of times. I remember baptizing over twenty converts, all adults, at one 
preaching service that was held in the corral of a big ranch. The horse trough used 
to water the animals served as a baptismal font. 

"We came home in January of 1963. Since then 1 have served pastorates in 
North and South Carolina. In January of 1975 1 became the first pastor of a 
congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America — a group of one hundred 
and twelve people meeting and worshipping in an old hotel building in .Abbeville, 
S.C. Today (June 28, 1980) our congregation numbers over one hundred and 
seventy — one of our young ladies is missionary in Mexico — and we have been in 
our new building since the last week of April, 1978." 


Historical Facts 

The First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain was organized Saturday, 
April 3, 1884, with eighteen members. 

For the first three years the group held occasional services in the A.R.P. and 
Methodist churches. 

On April 3, 1887, the congregation moved into a frame structure located on the 
southeast corner of King Street and Railroad Avenue. 

On July 3, 1906, the group moved into a new, larger brick building erected on the 
northwest corner of Piedmont Avenue and Mountain Street. 

The church dedicated on December 5, 1937, the present beautiful building 
located on the corner of King and Gaston Streets. 

The approximately 1 Vj acre lot on which the three church buildings stand was 
owned by seven different people before Mrs. C.E. Neisler bought it and presented it 
to the congregation in 1936: 1881-1903 W.A. and J.S. Mauney; 1903-1913 L.H. 
Long, Sr.; 1913-1917 L.H. Long, Jr.; 1917-1919 J.R. Davis; 1919-1927 Mr. and 
Mrs. H.C. Dwelle; 1927-1932 E.A. Smith; 1932-1936 J.A. Neisler. 

The section of the lot on which the sanctuary no\\' stands was, during the early 
1900's, a cornfield enclosed in a wire fence. The producer of the crop, Mr. George 
Logan, generously urged the neighbors to share his corn. Mrs. Sue Moss remembers 
being sent by her mother across the unpaved street to gather fresh roasting ears for 
a meal. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dwelle remodeled the small house standing thereon and beautified 
the entire area. He developed the lawn, set the pine oaks, some of which still stand, 
and planted many shrubs which have been removed. Mrs. Dwelle often said they 
were beautifying the property in the hope that it might some day become the loca- 
tion of the Presbyterian Church. 

The deed to the lot states that the real estate is "for the use and benefit of the said 
congregation, and for the support and teaching and propagation therein of the doc- 
tnnes and polity contained in the Confession of Faith and Government of the 
Presbyterian Church in the United States". Furthermore, the deed "is subject to the 
right of Arthur Hay, his heirs, and assigns to the use of a driveway ten feet in width 
running from Gaston Street; adjoining his lot on the south side 162 feet to the rear 
of west end of his lot". 

The provision for a driveway had been contained in every deed to the lot, beginn- 
ing with L.H. Long, Sr. 

Reminiscence, 1937 

We built a church, a joyous experience for the congregation. 

Members contributed their talents, time, expertise, and money so generously that 
borrowing funds was never necessary. When the word was completed the building 
was paid for, and was dedicated at the first service. 

Mr. R. Grier Plong used his mules and drag pan from his farm to dig the 

In laying the foundation, the Building Committee doubled the requirement of 
brick and cement to give greater strength (increased from 3 '/i inches to 7 inches). 

The lovely rosehued, sanded bricks were made in Tennessee and shipped by rail. 

Mr. J.B. Thomasson and Mr. C.E. Neisler, Jr. personally supervised the 
construction of the building. The latter laid the stones in the arch over the steps 
leading to the altar, a labor of love carried on in an exceedingly hot area. 

Believeing a bricklayer's statement, that a penny placed behind the first brick laid 
in a church gives good luck, young Paul and Lawrence Patrick each placed a penny 
behind the first brick. The brick is at the rear of the building under the rest roorn 

An accident with a happy ending occured when Mr. Wright Falls, a bricklayer, 
fell from the tower he was building to the floor, landing on top of his assistant and 
knocking him flat. Mr. Falls got up exclaiming, "If this hadn't been a church, I'd 
a'been killed". The assistant missed work for two days. 

Mr. Beverly Patterson brought from the gold mine a 1 " x I'/i" rock, containing 
gold particles, to be placed in the mantle in the Ladies' Bible Classroom. It is the 
very dark one on the left side about five inches from the fireplace opening. 

The snowguards placed on the roof were the first ones used in this section of 
North Carolina. 

Completion of the structure was delayed briefly by the late delivery of the stained 
glass window. The glass cutter, the aged last member of Smith Brothers in 
Philadelphia, had entered it in a stained glass show in Paris, where it was awarded 
first place. Re-shipment of the masterpiece across the Atlantic required more time 
than the artist had anticipated. 

This beautiful stained glass chancel window ir three sections was designed for 
this church by a young artist from Hungary. He and Mrs. C.E. Neisler planned the 
story depicted in the window , The same designer planned the lovely memorial side 

The glass in the chancel window varies in thickness from '/4"to 1-3/8" to give the 
brilliance desired in the various colors. The thickest pieces are those used in the 

The side windows and complement the altar decoration in colors and general 

The brightest colors are different as the sun moves. In the morning, the glorious 
reds and greens predominate; in the afternoon, the blues and yellows are 


Mrs. P.D. Patrick, the wife of the pastor at the time of the construction, recently 
shared with us the events leading to the replicas of the "Seal of the Presbyterian 
Church in the United States" placed in the front doors of the building. 

"While the architects were in Kings Mountain, they saw the church seal in Mr. 
Patrick's study, inquired about it, and asked to borrow it. When the stained glass 
windows (for the sanctuary) were delivered, there was included a gift to the church 
from the designers; the little seals in the front doors. So far as we could determine, 
they are the first made of stained glass." 

When the cornerstone was finally laid, and the building dedicated, on December 
5, 1937, the contents of the old church cornerstone were moved to the new 

Only four pastors have served the church since the construction of this building 
-Dr. P.D. Patrick, Dr. Paul K. Ausley, Gary L. Bryant, and Eric M. Faust, who is 
presently serving. But many, many laymen and women have served faithfully and 
well in the continued work of this church. If we were to list all the contributions of 
time, talents, and resources that have been given over the years, the list would 
extend far beyond the walls of this building. 

We are grateful for all those who have contributed to the church that has been 
built there. As we praise those who built this building we are aware that the church 
is much more than brick and motar, and no matter how well it was put together in 
the beginning, it would not be what it is today without the widow's mites and the 
wealthy's alms that have poured in over the years. The spirit of loving dedication 
that caused this building to be built has not dimmed as we have sought to turn a 
building into a church. May that same spirit continue to lead us into other times 
than this one. 

By God's grace we have been provided a place. May He, through us, make it His 

i"iii" miimmTTTTmnmi 



Frank Welch, aiiihor of the letter of appreciation of Khamphone and this 
church, was employed by International Voluntary Ser\ ices in Laos. The two men 
were neighbors in 1 uang Prabany and knew each other well. Tliey constantly 
CNchanged information that enabled them to a\oid places where one might easily 
get killed, and each was able to aid the other in getting out of Thailand safely. 

1 rank is the son of Mrs. Nina Putnam (W elch) Nebel, a Kings Mount am nali\e 
now li\ ini; in Charlotte. 

Aolo, Indonesia 
29 December, 1975 
Dear Re\ . Bryant. 

Tins must be the tenth lime I'xe tried to start tliis letter. Tlie problem, 1 tliitik, is 
that F-nglisli doesn't lia\e quite tlie right words to describe how I leel towards you 
and your congregation. In the I'astern languages I've learned, there was a word 
exactly opposite in meaning to "sin"; and there were words to describe hearts ihal 
were living testimony to that "opposite-to-sin" idea. 

,'\n\how, that concept is about the best idea I can fmd to tliank you. 

If there were more people like you tbiks aroutid, there wouldn't be wars like that 
in Laos; and such totally good people as Khamphone wouldn't be bereft of all the 
places and things they've lo\ed. 

I'm sure he won't talk about it, but he alone saved thousands of li\es by risking 
his own life. He was on the ground with the ordinary people when I he puslvbutlon 
bombers brought llieir packages of "Ciifts trom the .American people". .And his 
thanks for it is cNile. 

In his new lite, the one single thing Khamphone can't do w ithout is lo\ e, and lots 
of it. And that is the one thing I can't send liim. (Try conducting a romance, if you 
don't believe me - L for one, lost the girl I loved by being too far away!) While 1 
understand the material sacrifices you and your people are making, the one thing 1 
want to thank you for the most is the love which you are right there to give! 

Honestly, 1 didn't think such outpourings of all that is good in people e\er really 
happened, e.xcept maybe in the Reader's Digest. > our response makes me a little 
ashamed of my chronic "Yieople-is-no-damned-good" attitude. But, then, if you have 
been there with Khamphone and me, you too might have a harder time belie\ing 
that people can do anything humane, e\en with Divine help. 

I'm amused that the first thing Sompheth wanted was a "Pepsi". He w as addicted 
to ihem in Laos, too. Khamphone used to send him down to the corner store with 
money to buy himself a Pepsi so as to see if he could count out his change. Poor kid. 
Pepsis are about the only thing he'll tlnd common to Laos and .America". 

.Again, I wish there were better words in tnglisli than just "Thank you" for tlie 
wonderful thing you're doing. But, on the other hand, you will get a better kind of 
thanks just by being with Khamphone. \\ ith just material help, he'd be a good man. 
Willi your lo\e as well. 1 ihink he'll be exemplars ! 

1 o\e. Peace, 
1 rank Welch 



A Presbyterian Ghost? 

Although our church enjoys a rich and lull history, many may be surprised to 
learn that The First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain has its own ghost 
story. The legend goes as follows: 

Major Jones, originally from somewhere above Cherryville, N.C. was one ol the 
early settlers of Kings Mountain. He was a large man and later became one of the 
first policemen in our town. He was inarried and had two sons. Vestal and Henry. 
Vestal left Kings Mountain soon after he finished school. Henry lived here all his 
life and was a conductor of the Southern Railroad. The family attended The lirst 
Presbyterian Church. 

H.T. (Tom) Fulton, Sr., was the local undertaker. Miles Boyd, a teenage boy at 
the time, worked for Vlr. Fulton, drove the hearse and looked after the horses for 
him. He often helped Mr. Fulton drive the hearse to the church and cemetery on 
the day of a funeral. 

It was well known around Kings Mountain that Major .(ones had said that when 
he died he wanted to be buried at his old church where was somewhere near 
Cherrvville. When the Major finally passed away, however, his wife decided il 
would be too much trouble and expense to carry the body lo his old home church 
and thus decided to bury the old Major in Kings Mountain. The fiineral was to be 
held in the First Presbyterian Church, where was then on the northwest corner ol 
Mountain Street and Piedmont Avenue. 

W hen they put the body in the hearse and started from Major .lones" home lo the 
church for the funeral service, the left rear wheel locked and would not turn at all. 
The hearse had to slide all the way to the church, a distance of several blocks. This 
was completely unexpected, for the wheel had given no trouble at all before the 
hearse left Major .tones' house. When the hearse arrived t the church, the body was 
taken out and put inside the church to lie in state for awhile before the fimeral 
service. Immediately afier the body was taken off the wagon, Mr. Fulton and Miles 
Boyd drove it dow n the street to a nearby blacksmith shop w hich w as located w here 
the law offices of Cloninger and Neisler stand now . L'pon arri\ ing at the blacksmith 
shop Mr. Fulton and the blacksmith jacked up the axle, took off the wheel and 
found lo their amazement absolutely nothing wrong. Ttit axle was greased 
thoroughly and the wheel put back on the hearse so it could be driven back to the 
church. After the funeral service the body was placed back in the hearse and was 
driven to the Kings Moimtain cemetery about three o,- four blocks away. W hen the 
hearse started off with the body back inside, the wheel immediately locked again 
and did not turn all the way to the cemetery. 

After Major .lones was buried. Miles Boyd and Mr. I ulton took the wagon back 
lo the Fulton home and again took the wheel off. .lust as before, absolutel> nothing 
could be found wrong. The hearse used a number of years after this and there was 
never any more trouble with the wheel. 

The legend is that the ghost of the old Major had held the w heel ol ihe hearse 
because he did not want to be buried in Kings Mountain, Mr. Tom fullon. Sr. liked 
to tell this story when he weni on o\ernighl hunting trips, a habil which Wi^ iloubl 
caused some anxious momenis tor his hiinliiig companions. 

Cicero Falls 

Prisoner ot \\ ar troni 
February 14, 1943 to Mav, 1945. 

Corporal Cicero Falls Taken 
Prisoner of War 

Many of our church members served their country in war and endured 
untold hardships. 

The experience of Corporal Cicero Falls is an example of the price paid 
for our freedom. 

Corporal Cicero Falls, 1st Field Artillery Observation Battalion, was one of the 
4,000 men taken prisoner by the Germans in Tunisia, North Africa, on Sunday, 
February 14, 1943, at 3:00 p.m. They were not surprised, for, knowing the enemy 
was circling them, they had called in vain for an air strike. The Ciermans. who had 
planes, came in and strafed the U.S. forces until they surrendered. 

The captors marched the prisoners in 100-120 degree temperatures, wiihoul food 
or water, across the desert toward the Mediterranean Sea until midnight, from 
there by air to Naples, Italy, where they were marched through the streets as 

After a few days, the Germans loaded the soldiers on horse and cattle cars, each 
made to hold about fifteen animals, to move them through the Brenner Pass lo 
.Austria for a short stay, then marched them across Europe in small groups. During 
these months the prisoners lived almost entirely on irish potatoes and rutabaga 
turnips, not tasting bread until they reached Germany in 1944. They marched 
almost continually to a destination about twenty miles from Berlin. 

While the prisoners stayed in a fenced-in compound guarded by old Cierman 
men, Clarence King obtained through the black market, materials to make a crystal 
radio set and was successful in tuning into the Allied Headquarters. 

On Saturday night the listeners heard General Eisenhower broadcasting a 
message to the prisoners to remain calm, to stay where they were, to expect to he 
liberated about 6:00 a.m. Sunday. Tlic men were jubilant; llic German guards 
disappeared; the Russians roared in at the appointed lime, smashing the Icncc. I his 
freed the prisoners, but the liberators directed them lo sta\ in a group. 

Cicero and his buddy, Fred Miller from Oregon, decided to slip out aiul wcni lo 
Nuremburg, walking, riding a bicycle on a fairly well paved road for a time, for a 
short time they drove a car the Russians had stolen. The two were in the midsi of 
several skirmishes but could not take part because they had no weapons. They 
stopped briefly to rest and saw coming down the road a car with U.S. emblazoned 
on the front. On flagging it down they saw a man and a woman, both from the 
Associated Press, on their way to Berlin to witness its fall. The reporters shared 
cigarettes and some chocolates, wrote down the soldiers' names and addresses and 
wired them to the Ll.S. 

The message in a newspaper was picked up in C harlotte by a cousin who called 
Kings Mountain to notify the Falls family of Cicero's whereabouts. 

The Americans also told Cicero and Fred about a contereiicc lo he hckl h\ 
American and Russian otTicers on the Russian side ol the Flbe Ri\cr and ad\ iscti 
them to contact some of the personnel with the olficers. Once al ihc place ol 

iiiccliii!^ llic Iricnd^ scparalcd IcmporariU . I lie coiitcrcncc ended. 

Cicero was pcrmilled to He In ihe fool ot a jeep thai was carrying a general, a 
major, a capiain and Ihe sergeant drl\er. The passengers pni their feel on him for 
secrecN while lhe\ crossed a long bridge across the I Ihe Ri\er lo Nuremberg. The 
general sent both C icero and F- red in an airplane to La Heiire. France, from u hence 
the\ made their way to a camp for reluming prisoners of war. There the refugees 
found lents set up lo ser\ e Ihem, each with a special food: steak, ice cream. 
an\ thing the hungry men could want. Officers urged them to eat to rebuild Iheir 
strength and to add weight to Iheir emaciated bodies. Cicero had lost forty pounds. 

.At ihe end o\ two or three weeks, the men from llie prison camp near Berlin 
came in L'.S. trucks. .\i the end of thirty days those in charge outfitted all the men 
in new arm\ clothes, put them aboard a "I ibert\"ship lo return lo Station Island. 
New N ork. and then to Fl. Bragg. North Carolina. 

Ha\ing enjo>ed a thirty da\ lea\e. Cicero reported to Miami Beach, where he 
w as w hen .lapan surrendered. He returned to Ft. Bragg and was discharged .August 
h). I44.S. 


The followine Elders were eleeied between 1940 and 1965: 

B.M. Ormand 
W .L. Ramseur 
O.C. O'Farrell 
R.G. Plonk 
P.G. Padgett 
S.S. Weir, Jr. 
CD. Blanton 

R.H. Goforth 
R.W. Arrow ood 
H.E. Page 
Luther Cansler 
P.H. Wilson 
H.L. Campbell 
R.H. Webb 

Since the adoption of the rotary system in 1974, tlie following liave 
served as Elders, some beina chosen for more than one term: 

Mrs. G.R. (Jean) Barber 

H.C. Jones 

B.F. Maner 

H.P. Neisler 

R.R. Harper, Jr. 

Mrs. Paul (Lillian) Mauney 

C.A. Neisler 

P.G. Padgett 

J.T. McGinnis, Jr. 

R.O. Southwell 

Mrs. W.T. (Josephine) Weir 

Paul Maunev 

C'.H. Adams 
F.J. Sincox 
G.B. Thomasson 

CD. Blanton, Jr. 

Mrs. P.G. (Charlene) Padgett 

D.A. Roof 

J.V. Smith 

Mrs. B.F. (Jeanne) Maner 

Mrs. J.C (Virginia) Arnette 

Mrs. H.P. (Marilyn) Neisler 

W.R. Grissom 

CE. Ballard 

W.L. Ramseur R.H.Webb 

B.M. Ormand S.S. Weir, Jr. 

J.H. Thomson P.G. Padgett 

R.H. Goforth 

R. Halbert Webb, who served as an Elder for over forty-five years, is the 
only living Elder who was present at the 19.^7 Dedication Service. 


The t(ill(i\\ inti wore clecicd De.icoii beiwecn l'-)45 and 1948. 

CD. Blanion 
R.H. Ciofonh 
E..'\. Harrill 

H.N. Davidson 
H.E. Page 
S.S. W eir. ,lr. 

Siiiee itie adoption ol ilie riM 
eleeled Deaeon. mans ser\ ini: 

ar"\ s\Aieni in 144S, ihe lollowine have been 
se\ eral lerms: 

\N ..1. ] iilkerson 

A.C Ramsex 

H.k. Hunnienii 

M.B. Thorburn 

P.Ci. Padgett 

H.i . Campbell 

\\ .B. Thomson 

t'.A. Neisler 

P.M. Neisler 

R.H. Goforlh 

G.W. Moss 

Ci.B. Thomasson 

M.B. Moss 

E.L. Lovell 

O.W . Myers 

.I.e. .Arnelte 

Lulher Canslcr 

H.P. Neisler 

Paul Mauney 

R.T. Gotorth 

.I.H. Page 

T.l . Kesiler 

H.R. Neisler 

B.l . Maner 

H.N. Davidson 

CD. Blanton. Ir. 

H.E. Page 

R.H. Gotorth, Ir. 

J. A. Houser 

\ .1 . Htow n 

.I..A. Neisler 

B.M. Ha\es, Ir. 

.I.W . Webster 

H.I . Pal nek 

E.A. Harrill 

R.S, lennon 

B.W. C.illespie 

1 .D. Spearman 

W .B. Crimes 

l.A. Cheshire 111 

C.H, Falls 

H.B. ,laeks,Mi 

C.A. Adams 

D.A. Root 

F.,1. Sineox 

G.l . Haieh 

D.l . Austin 

C\. Neisler, h. 

C.E. Ballard 

Mrs. P.G. (C harlene) Padgeii 

R.W . Moss 

.1.1 . Eskridge 

\\ .R . tirissoni 

Mrs. .l.A. (Marlene) Neisler 

W .C. Bailee 

Mrs. H.P. (MariKii) Neisler 

R.R. Harper, h. 

\.\ . Led lord 

R.O. Southwell 

G.S. Neisler 

.l.A, Neisler, Ir, 

Miss Martha Hoiiser 

P.M. Neisler, .Ir. 

1 .E. Cook 

T.P. Seism 

1 .1 . Di\on. Ir. 

n.K. Daxis 

I.I . King 

Mis. B.I- . (leanne) Maner 

D.M. Ballard 



"niirninnirnTrn'iiiriEr^riiiiriiiri Tr"^'"""'''""""''"^"" :i'hinTiii: iiii r7TTrnn m 

Deacons (Cont.) 

R.W. Gosselt R.C . Pailerson 

J.T. McCiinnis, Jr. Mrs. .lane C . King 

D.M.Ballard CO. Whelsiine 

G. P. Cheshire R.S. Maner 
,I.V. Smith 

Superintendents of the Sunday 

W.I. Stowe 1 887-1 897 

C.E.Neisler 1897-1931 

C.F.Thomasson 19311944 

C.W. Davidson 1944-1945 

H.E.Page 1945-1959 

S.S. Weir, Jr 1 959 1 96 1 

C.A.Nei.sler 1961-196.3 

G.B.Thoma.sson 1963-1965 

H.P. Neisler 1 965-1 967 

D.L. Austin 1 967-1 969 

B.F. Maner 1969-1971 

R.H.Goforth 1971-1973 

W.R.Gris,som 1973- 


The following have ser\ed as Organists since 1937: 

Mrs. Margaret Neisler Hunnieutt 
Mrs. Virginia Parsons Rosenthal 
Mrs. Grace Withers Templeton 
Mrs. Jean T. Barber 
Mrs. Betty Patrick Merritt 

J. Franklin Pethel 

Mrs. Rebecca Beam Chamberlain 

Thomas Eanes 

Mrs. Julia Lee Ribet Rogers 

Mrs. Shirlex' Falls Austin 


In Loving Memory 

George Grady Cansler 
James Gideon Darracott 
James Calvin Nickels, III 

Who Made The Supreme 

World War, II